So­lar pan­els on roads and paths

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views -

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

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