ESR3 - Development of a pavement system able to capture solar energy - “RA2ROAD”

  • Project: “RA2ROAD” Development of a pavement system able to capture solar energy
  • Host Institution: IFFSTAR (IFFSTAR)
  • Address: 1 Quai de Tourville, 44035 Nantes Cedex 1, France
  • Main Supervisor: Dr.Challieux (IFSTTAR)  Materials, Rheology
  • ESR3 will register for PhD at University of Nantes through IFSTTAR

Objectives

Linear transportation infrastructures could be in the future an interesting renewable, not-centralized, energy production system, without using more land space. This innovative use of the surface pavement could cover the energetic consumption of the infrastructure itself, but could also provide energy to the road users and neighbours.

In order that this idea comes into reality, the challenge is 1) to bring together technologic pieces coming from different science domains in order 2) to provide a reliable, efficient and durable system, able to produce and store energy from the sun (RA) through the road pavement

Expected Results

A low cost demonstrator at full scale able to support traffic and to capture solar energy a low cost demonstrator at full scale able to support traffic and to capture solar energy.

Expected Collaborations

Planned secondment(s) and on-the-job training offered: The project will be developed through planned international collaborations with at least two international partners. IFSTTAR offers the state-of-the-art, laboratories and expertise in innovative materials and energy harvesting concepts, rheology of binders and mix design of asphalts. The secondments will help at The University of Nottingham with the pavement material design and characterization, and at EIFFAGE with the implementation of the solar system in actual infrastructure and economic evaluation of the solution.

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