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News Picks : France plans to pave roads with solar panels

By: Physics Today
02 February 2016
EcoWatch: To supply green electricity to millions of its citizens, France is embarking on a project to pave its roads with solar panels. Consisting of 7-mm-thick sheets of polycrystalline silicon, the panels are coated with resins and polymers to make them rainproof and sturdy enough to withstand snowplows and foot and vehicle traffic. Although not a new concept, photovoltaic pavement has so far been implemented in just a handful of countries, such as the Netherlands, whose SolaRoad has been operating since November 2014.

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