Choose your language: 

ensqareubebgzh-CNhrcsdanletfifrkadeeliwhihuisgaitjakolvltnoplptrorusrskslessvtrukcy

World's First solar road

The World's first solar road is a project seeking new sustainable sources of energy, located in a Normandy Village, in France.

The French government is sponsoring the experiment to turn highways into power stations seeking new sustainable ways to generate electricity.


Environmentalist minister, Ségolène Royal launched the first ever solar road in the village of Tourouvre, Normandy. It is one-kilometre long, consisting of 2,800 square meters of resin-coated solar panels connected to the local power grid, providing enough electricity to power local street lighting. 


The difficulty of the project was finding the right material to carry the weight of lorries that regularly drive along this route. In addition the effectiveness of solar panels lying on a flat surface instead of being angled towards the sun. And moreover the effect of weather conditions on the panels, as well as the beating they will receive from the trucks. 


The cost of this project was a €5 million state subsidy, which is very high for the amount of energy produced. However, it takes advantage of large areas or road infrastructure by adding another use to it, producing electricity. Moreover, as more roads are developed the costs will shift downwards. 

It took six years for this project to be completed. According to Royal, a four-year plan is made for similar projects in areas such as western Brittany and southern Marseille.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events Near You News

Visit Germany

What are the COVID entry rules for trave…

Most European countries have lifted travel restrictions — despite ongoing high infection numbers. DW Travel has compiled this overview of EU rules.

Read more

COVID travel restrictions: Germany

Travel in Europe is subject to COVID-19 restrictions. The omicron variant has led to higher numbers of infections, which are often less severe. This is how Germany is responding to...

Read more

How remote workers are ticking off trave…

During the COVID-19 pandemic, employers urged staff to avoid offices and work remotely. Many seized the opportunity, packing their laptops and embarking on "workcations." Travel agencies are now catering to...

Read more

War in Ukraine: Tourism specialists rela…

After Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, tourism activities ended abruptly and remain suspended indefinitely. Here are five stories from people working in tourism — with their hopes, fears...

Read more

Turkey's tourism sector battling fallout…

Last year, most foreign tourists in Turkey came from Russia, Germany and Ukraine. Two of the countries are at war. Visitor numbers are down — meaning tough times ahead for...

Read more

More than just parties: Exploring Miami …

Despite its reputation as a party city, the US resort town has something for everyone. Its historic buildings hold clues about its popularity even during the pandemic.

Read more

Vive la France!

On July 14, the French celebrate their national day, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille, the symbolic start of the French Revolution in 1789. We join the festivities with...

Read more

Summer season without Russian tourists

Countries like Thailand, Cuba and Turkey are particularly popular with Russian tourists. These destinations face a dilemma as the war in Ukraine has stopped many Russians from traveling.

Read more

Holiday woes: Hospitality sector faces t…

Two years into the pandemic, Germans are more eager to travel than ever. Hotels and restaurants are happy about the Easter travel boom, but lack skilled workers to meet the...

Read more