With the installation and mounting of the first sound-resistant solar panels for Solar Highways, an important milestone was reached on Thursday 13 September. The innovative solar noise barrier is now starting to take shape. By mid-October, all of the 136 glass solar panels, each measuring 6 m wide x 2 m high, will have been installed, forming a 400 metre-long solar noise barrier on the eastern side of the A50 motorway in Uden.
The remaining solar panels will be mounted on the noise barrier between September and mid-October. The cable laying and electrical installation will then be completed in November, followed by a test phase. Commissioning and the supply of the first energy by Solar Highways is planned for December 2018.
Starting in December 2018, over a period of 18 months, the energy-generating capacity of the solar noise barrier will be closely monitored by the Solar Energy Application Centre (SEAC). A series of test sections will be laid out and subjected for example to different cleaning regimes. The outcome of the test phase will be used to provide an accurate estimate for the future maintenance requirements, energy-generating performance and financial return from the solar noise barriers.