Solar panels on roads and paths
I welcome the criticism from Trevor Mills and accept the obvious snags he describes (‘Limit to power of solar panels’, Sept 8).
The benefit in winter will be the huge amount of fuel saved during the summer.
‘ Plastering every structure’ with PV panels will be of little hindrance to society, yet it will gradually increase the proportion of clean energy that we desperately needto control the climate crisis.
The viability of photovoltaic electricity generation is now well established.
Our output is nearly doubling each year, though we still lag well behind Germany and other EU nations.
Ideally, we should be creating this industry in the Sahara desert or even closer to the equator, but there is still easily enough sunshine at our latitude to make a big difference.
Storage of this energy is possible. I am no physicist, but I suggest the production of hydrogen through hydrolysis, compressed air or even giant batteries. We need not yet think of a surplus, though hydrogen is on the shopping list.
All this requires the deployment of many more panels and they can, actually, be flat on the ground.
The solar pavement might be one of the most important inventions of our times. What a pity that we missed the chance to incorporate walkon PV units into the recent Bourges Boulevard pavement scheme. Granite is attractive but it will not boil our kettles. Solar roads too? Start thinking PV. We could be in the last-chances a lo on.
Theresa May speaks of the importance of education. We, the public, are in dire need of some lessons about clean energy, storage, economy, Combined Heat and Power stations, heat exchangers and the like. Why expensive wind and nuclear? Who said cooling towers were a good idea?
Peterborough has done well recently in attracting new business. I congratulate those who have achieved this, but ask them to be more conscious of the environment and help this campaign.
These new buildings are still going up without these important panels.
If it is worthwhile to buy up farmland it must surely be profitable to bedeck the roofs of these buildings. Tim Hughes Park Road Peterborough