Energy Pier, a Swiss business, has created a new concept for constructing hybrid wind and solar power facilities alongside motorways.
As per Laurent Jospin, who is an engineer at the firm, the proposed remedy is founded on proven rooftop PV technology. According to him, the modules are constructed in such a way that they have the maximum possible level of efficiency. They may be updated multiple times during the system’s operational life, allowing the entire system to always be up to date with the technological progress.
For the wind power component, the company stated that the load-bearing framework is planned in a manner in such a way that it produces an acceleration impact of air movement, which is then utilized by its AnemoGen small scale wind generators that are implemented on both sides of the assisting pillars of the PV system that has been installed along the highway. “Even with minimal air currents, the rotor blades were able to absorb energy, which was then converted into electricity by the generator,” the firm added. According to the company, the AnemoGen system is available in a variety of sizes and is capable of using both downstream and upstream air flows.
On each kilometer of a four-lane motorway, Energy Pier estimates that it will be possible to put anywhere between 22,000 – 30,000 solar panels, as well as up to about 320 AnemoGen generators, thanks to this approach. In addition, 162 pillars need to be installed to support the roof’s structural integrity.
In addition, the corporation stressed the various benefits of its solution. Examples are the protective wall and roof, which contribute significantly to noise reduction, while the roof also shields the street from snowfall and sun. In the summer, this provides protection from extreme heat and ultraviolet rays, and in the winter, it eliminates the need for snow removal. As an added bonus, the roof regions might be utilized as rainwater collectors. At the same time, the supporting structure provides space for cables as well as other installations, like emergency charging stations, to be installed.
Building photovoltaic-and-wind combination power plants, which the business claims is also doable without interfering with traffic, as per the company, which has already begun preparing the first two demonstrations. One is now being constructed in the municipality of Fully, in the canton of Valais. It is anticipated to be 1,609 meters in length and generate around 50 GWh of green power per year.
The two pilot programs are scheduled to take place in Knonauer Amt district of the canton of Zurich. They will cover a cumulative area of 2,500 square meters and generate approximately 78 GWh of wind and solar power every year.