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Noise barriers with photovoltaic modules

"If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would astound ourselves."
(Thomas A. Edison)

Noise barrier Marano, Italy - courtesy FAR Systems Noise barrier Marano, Italy - courtesy FAR Systems

Noise barrier along A22 Brenner Motorway
(courtesy: FAR Systems)

Noise barriers - Barriers for reducing the propagation of sound: they are widely used in industry and alongside roads and railways to shield receivers from noise sources. Barriers can be made of various materials but they need proper planning in order to be effective.

(European Environment Agency, Glossary - http://glossary.eea.eu.int/EEAGlossary/N/noise_barrier)

An efficient way of noise prevention by application of photovoltaic modules was first demonstrated in Switzerland in 1989. Later, the solution was applied also in some other European countries. Noise prevention is also a research subject of several projects conducted in European Union. Different photovoltaic noise barriers can be built considering motorway features, barrier construction, the height of the barrier, and other factor influence (environment etc.). Modules are fixed on the main barrier (a wood or a solid barrier) in different ways, such as vertical, tilted fixed as a zigzag construction (for details please refer to the literature).

 

Some photovoltaic noise barriers built in european countries

Noise barrier along A13 in Switzerland

Construction year: 1989
Number of modules: 2208 Kyocera polycristalline modules
Modul area: 968 m2
Tilt and azimuth: 45o / 25o toward east
Peak power: 100 kW
Energy Supply: 110 000 kWh/Year
Inverter: Siemens central inverter

Noise barrier along A13 in Switzerland

100 kW PV Noise barrier along A13 in Switzerland
(photo: Denis Lenardic)

Noise barrier along A13 in Switzerland

Power energy meter in PV system along A13 Motorway in Switzerland
(photo: Denis Lenardic)

More information on the Swiss photovoltaic systems can be found following the link VSE - Verein Schweizerischer Elektrizitätsunternehmen. In the table below you can find some facts on the largest European photovoltaic noise barriers.
 

Noise barrier along A9 in Amsterdam

Construction year: 1996
Number of modules: 2160 Shell Solar Monocristalline Modules
Modul area: 2200 m2
Tilt angle: 50o
Peak power: 220 kW
Energy supply: 176 000 kWh/Year
Inverter: 2160 module inverters

Noise barrier along A9 in Netherlands

Noise barrier along A9 in Netherlands

Noise barrier along A9 in Netherlands


Noisebarrier along A9 in Amsterdam
(photo: Denis Lenardic)

 

Power

Location

Description

Constructed

MWh/GHG

Picture

2.65 MW

de Germany,
Aschaffenburg

Picture courtesy:
Ralos

Solarpark Aschaffenburg, noise barrier A3

GM, NB

Ralos
2009

 

Noise barrier Aschaffenburg - courtesy Ralos

1 MW

de Germany,
Töging am Inn

Noise barrier A94

GM, NB

2007

   

833 kW

it Italy,
Oppeano
(Verona)

Picture courtesy:
FAR Systems

Noise barrier along S.S. 434 "Transpolesana"

GM, NB

FAR Systems
2010

793 MWh

Noise barrier Oppeano, Italy, courtesy FAR Systems

730 kW

it Italy,
Marano d'Isera
(Trento)

Picture courtesy:
FAR Systems

Noise barrier along A22 Brenner Motorway

GM, NB

FAR Systems
2009

 

Noise barrier Marano, Italy, courtesy FAR Systems

600 kW

de Germany,
Freising
(Munich)

Picture courtesy:
Gehrlicher Solar

Noise barrier along A92 motorway

NB

Special ceramics for back side used.

1080 I-50 modules, 6750 I-50 CER modules, special ceramics for back side used.
12 x Sunpower SP40000 inverters

Gehrlicher Solar
Isofoton
2003-2009

575 MWh

Noise barier in Freising, courtesy Gehrlicher Solar

365 kW

de Germany,
Freiburg

Noise barrier along B31

GM, NB

2006

   

283 kW

de Germany,
Bürstadt

Picture courtesy:
SolarArt

Noise barrier along B57

GM, NB

SolarArt
2010

 

Noise barrier B57, courtesy SolarArt

216 kW

nl The Netherlands,
Amstelveen

Photo:
pvresources

A9 noise barrier

NB

1998

 

A9 noise barrier near Amsterdam

180 kW

de Germany
Vaterstetten

400 m long noise barrier along railway tracks

NB

Phönix Solar
2004.

   

123 kW

ch Switzerland,
Melide
(Tessin)

Noise barrier along Gothard motorway
585 STM 120 modules

SunTechnics
Fabrisolar
July 2007

130 MWh
100 t CO2

 

101 kW

at Austria,
Gleisdorf

Noise barrier along A2 motorway near Graz

www

1520 SOLAREX MST-MV 43 modules
357 PW1000 Photowatt modules

2001

80 MWh

 

100 kW

de Germany,
Sausenheim

Noise barrier along the A6 motorway

Pfalzwerke
Solon
1999

70 MWh

 

100 kW

ch Switzerland,
Domat/Ems

Photo:
pvresources

World's first photovoltaic noise barrier along the A13 motorway

1989

 

Photovoltaic noise barrier along A13, Switzerland

100 kW

ch Switzerland,
Giebenaach

Noise barrier along the A2 motorway

1995

   

90 kW

de Germany,
Biessenhofen
(Bayern)

Nestle facility, noise barrier

Green City Energy
2010

   

80 kW

ch Switzerland,
Safenwil

Noise barrier along the A1 motorway

2001

   

63 kW

fr France,
Foquiere

Noise barrier along the A21, Lens - Calais motorway.

1999

   

40 kW
20 kW

de Germany,
Saarbrücken

Noise barrier along A620 motorway Saarbrücken - Gündingen.
429 transparent modules GPV 110 + 264 BP275 modules used

1995

50 MWh

 

55 kW

nl The Netherlands,
Utrecht

Noise barrier along the A27 motorway

1995

   

53 kW

de Germany,
Emden

Picture courtesy:
EWE AG

Noise barrier along the A31 motorway



Project partners EWE AG, BP Solar, Land Niedersachsen.

EWE AG
2003

32 MWh

Photovoltaic noise barrier along A31 near Emden, Germany - courtesy EWE AG

40 kW

at Austria,
Seewalchen

Noise barrier along A1 motorway near Salzburg

1992

   

30 kW

de Germany,
Ammersee

Noise barrier along A96 München-Lindau motorway

June 1997

25 MWh

 

30 kW

de Germany,
Rellingen

Noise barrier along the A23 motorway

1992

   

28 kW

de Germany,
Großbettlingen

PV system "Stoiadler III" mounted on noise barrier in Großbettlingen

2006

   

24 kW

aus Australia,
Melbourne

Picture courtesy:
Climate Managers

Tullamarine-
Calder Interchange, adjacent to Essendon Airport, Melbourne

GC, NB

pdf

Schott Solar aSi modules

June 2007

 

Photovoltaic noise barrier Tullamarine- Calder Interchange, Essendon Airport Melbourne, Australia - courtesy Climate Managers

12 kW

ch Switzerland,
Münsingen

Bifacial PV noise barrier along the railway tracks.

2008

   

10 kW

ch Switzerland,
Zürich - Aubrugg

First bifacial photovoltaic noise barrier along the A1 motorway.

1997

   

9.6 kW

ch Switzerland,
Zürich - Walliselen

First photovoltaic noise barrier along the railway tracks.

1998

   

Interesting noise barriers related web sites

 

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Webmaster's choice - interesting description of some european noise barrier projects. Comprehensive download section.

Literature and more information

book Webmaster's choice Prasad, D., Snow, M.: Designing with Solar Power; a source book for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV); The Images Publishing Group Pty.Ltd. and Earthscan, London 2005.
pdf Webmaster's choice Eiffert, P., Kiss, G.J.: Building-Integrated Photovoltaic; Designs for Commercial and Institutional Structures - A Sourcebook for Architects (9766 kB).

pdf Borg, N.J.C.M, Jansen, M.I.: Photovoltaic noise barrier at the A9-highway in The Netherlands - Results of the monitoring programme; Nuon International, European Commission, 2001. (6324 kB).
book Thermie B Project: EU PVNB POT: Evaluation of the potencial of PV noise barrier technology for electricity production and market share; Project Number: SME 1479-97, Final Report Volume 1, TNC Gmbh, 1999.
book Thermie B Project: EU PVNB POT: Evaluation of the potencial of PV noise barrier technology for electricity production and market share; Project Number: SME 1479-97, Final Report Volume 2 (Annex), TNC Gmbh, 1999.