The application of Solar-Noise Barriers for UK highways and their combined benefits for local government, developers and the wider community

Invited paper

Giles Parker

Sound Barrier Solutions Ltd

Monday 1 june, 2015, 14:40 - 15:00

0.2 Berlin (90)

As a concept, solar power generating noise barriers offer the potential for heavily subsidised durable high performance noise mitigation as well a sustainable source of ongoing local power generation. Not only would this be attractive to transport agencies but also to local government planning, large- scale housing developers and the wider community. This paper considers the design of hybrid solar-noise barriers for UK highways with specific reference to current design schemes for the M4 motorway and A419 near Swindon and the M40 corridor. Solar-noise barrier designs were optimised to give the best combined noise mitigation and solar power generation such that the ongoing revenue from generated power would potentially cover the cost of the noise barrier schemes completely.

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