French solar road is a flop but...

Both a flop and a success ... Tourouvre’s solar road has shown its builders the way ahead

The world’s first solar road, built nearly three years ago in France, has turned out to be a flop: as a way to harvest solar power, in terms of making money by reselling energy – and as a road.

The French company that built it says, however, that it has been a useful exercise in showing how such technology behaves in practice.

The road hit several problems:

  • It failed to meet its power production target of 790kWh per day, hitting just 40% of production;
  • It failed to produce an expected €20,000 from ...

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