Solar power generating noise barriers

I just love this kind of innovate thinking.

On a highway near Den Bosch, The Netherlands, a new form of solar technology is being tested on what is usually a mundane piece of infrastructure: a noise barrier.

Used to dampen the loud sounds of highway traffic for neighbourhoods and businesses located alongside busy roads, noise barriers can improve the quality of life for those around the highways, but they also take up space and can be a bit of an eyesore.

Engineers at the Eindhoven University of Technology have come up with a solution that makes the barriers an attractive part of the landscape as well as a new source of clean energy. The technology that is behind these new solar noise barriers is called luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs).

Similar projects are springing up all over the place, such as (see photo by in Italy.

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