Sensible Metropolis Installs USA’s First Highway Floor Photo voltaic Panels on Autonomous Automobile Lane
Peachtree Corners – the country’s first smart city environment powered by real-world infrastructure and next-generation connectivity – recently unveiled the city’s new solar street system that generates power for a solar-powered EV charging station in City Hall. The installation also marked the first street surface solar panels activated in a United States City.
- Located on a section of the Technology Parkway’s Autonomous Vehicle Test Road, the solar road was made available to the city through a partnership with The Ray, a nonprofit living laboratory and test site along an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 85 that sits between them posed LaGrange and the Georgia/.Alabama State limit.
- The new system in Peachtree Corners will produce more than 1,300 kilowatt hours of electricity annually for a level 2 EV charger in City Hall, which is free for EV drivers. The charger is also equipped with an energy storage system for night-time charging.
- Made by French transportation innovator Colas Group in partnership with the French National Solar Energy Institute, Wattway solar street panels have been engineered to be more durable and efficient. This led to an increase in performance of 21 percent compared to the panels previously used.
“As a further reinforcement of Peachtree Corners’ We are at the forefront of introducing and developing the latest technology in a real-world environment and are delighted to have partnered with The Ray to install the first Wattway-made solar panels for road surfaces in the country in our unique autonomous vehicle, “Lane said Brandon Branham, Chief Technology Officer and Assistant City Manager for Peachtree Corners. “While this new form of 100 percent green, renewable energy begins with the power supply of an EV charging station, our vision is to supply more of the existing infrastructure in the city with off-grid power. We look forward to installing more panels, including sidewalks, bike paths and many more surfaces. “
“We are very excited to be installing a solar road for the first time in an American city,” he said Harriet Anderson Langford, Founder and President of The Ray. “Our entire organization, with the help of important corporate partners, strives to advance the future of transport infrastructure worldwide. We have had great success with roads and unused interstate priority roads to generate huge amounts of electricity for electric vehicles. Evidence of this technology in an environment like Peachtree Corners will help us further demonstrate its effectiveness while preparing for a larger scale implementation. “
The Ray was a 2018 Fast World’s “World Changing Ideas Award” finalist and was named one of The Weather Channel’s “Ten Best Ways to Save the Planet!”