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Name projectPV Noise Barrier A27
Year1995-05 (Start operation date)
PV applicationStructures - non-building structures
PV power total55 kWp
LocationDe Bilt, Utrecht
Latitude/Longitude52°5'50.3"N 5°9'27.1"W
SummaryUnder contract of Rijkswaterstaat, direction Utrecht, a PV sound barrier aside the A27 in De Bilt has been built. The noise barrier has a length of 550 meter and carries a grid-connected PV system of 55 kWp. The PV panels are installed on top of the lower (concrete) part of the sound barrier, in such a way that they contribute to the noise reducing properties of the sound barrier. In total 1116 PV modules are used, which are coupled through a 40 kW inverter to the grid. In fact the PV system is a small power plant. The system started operation in May 1995. The practical experiment showed that PV panels can be used for sound barriers, while the combined functions of energy production and noise reduction can be a cost-effective application of solar energy in the future.
Keywordsadded value, noise or sound barriers

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