TBEA completes planning scheme for PV+Highway demo in China

Illustration of the PV+Highway demonstration project in China. Image by TBEA Sunoasis

March 9 (Renewables Now) - Chinese smart energy services provider TBEA Sunoasis Co Ltd said it has finalised the planning scheme for a demonstration project that will integrate 3.5 MW of photovoltaic (PV) capacity with infrastructure along a highway in China.

The so-called PV+Highway project is designed to fit in self-generation and self-consumption operating modes and integrate PV power production with the highway system. According to TBEA Sunoasis, the project will use the highways, shoulders, ramps, isolation zones and other ground surfaces, as well as car parks, building rooftops and walls on highway service area facilities.

“[T]he project design plan is to use the current domestic and international advanced PV power generation design concept, which integrates the road PV, sidewalk of modular PV tiles, slope PV, PV sound barrier, roof PV, central barrier PV and other forms of application in one,” the company said in a press release.

The demonstration system will generate electricity to power the lighting and ventilation facilities of bridges and tunnels, other services along the highway or to feed into the grid.

TBEA Sunoasis expects the PV+Highway demo to produce some 4,200 MWh per year.

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