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Street PV Calculation

Goal: Assuming that we put solar panels on roads, the road surface, as a result, can be applied in power generation. Our goal is to calculate the real amount of photovoltaic power generation on roads considering the significant impact factors like street canyon geometry, tree canopy as well as traffic condition.

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Teng Fei
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A sustainable city relies on renewable energy, which promotes the development of electric vehicles. To support electric vehicles, the concept of charging vehicles while driving has been put forward. Under such circumstances, constructing solar panels on urban roads is an innovative option with great benefits, and the accurate calculation of road photovoltaic power generation is a prerequisite. In this paper, we propose a novel framework for predicting and calculating the solar radiation and electric energy that can be collected from the roads. Google Street View images are collected to measure the sky obstruction of roads which is integrated with the solar radiation model to estimate the irradiation receiving capability. In addition to sky obstruction, we also take the impact of traffic conditions and weather situations into consideration in the calculation. Radiation maps at different times in a year are produced from our work to analyze the roads photovoltaic distribution. In order to test the feasibility of our framework, we take Boston as a case study. Results show that roads in Boston can generate abundant electricity for all future electric vehicles in the city. What’s more, main roads through Boston exhibit better power generation potential, and the effect of the traffic condition is limited. Our calculation framework confirms that utilizing solar panels as road surfaces is a great supplement of city power with the unique ability to charge moving cars.
Ziyu Liu
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Assuming that we put solar panels on roads, the road surface, as a result, can be applied in power generation. Our goal is to calculate the real amount of photovoltaic power generation on roads considering the significant impact factors like street canyon geometry, tree canopy as well as traffic condition.