Application of luminescent solar concentrators as noise barriers

M. Kanellis

Research output: ThesisEngD Thesis

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The use and cost of energy affects people more and more by the day as the global energy problem becomes more and more severe. According to forecasts, the constantly increasing population will lead to triple primary energy consumption by 2050. This means that sustainable transformations are necessary by means of innovative concepts on renewable energy generation.
This piece of work elaborates on a potential innovation that can contribute to the much needed transformations. The Solar Noise Barrier (SONOB) is an innovative approach for redesigning the noise barriers on highways and railways and assigning to them versatility and extra functionality. This happens with the application of Luminescent Solar Concentrator (LSC) panels on the noise barrier.
This report presents an investigation of the LSC technology initially as an individual technology in small scale and then as part of the Solar Noise Barrier system as part of the bigger picture. Apart from the technical potential, the Solar Noise Barrier is also investigated from the business potential. For this purpose, a business plan was created which investigates the function of a business unit which manages the production and distribution of the Solar Noise Barrier as a product.
Unfortunately, due to the Non-disclosure agreements between Heijmans and TUE, this report does not present the full extent of the research performed on this project: details about the structure of the noise barrier and the cost breakdown of the components have been left out or distorted on purpose.
However, this report still manages to give a nice idea about the potential of this innovation in the near future.
Original languageEnglish
  • Debije, Michael G., Supervisor
  • Verkuilen, S., External supervisor
Award date23 Feb 2016
Place of PublicationEindhoven
Print ISBNs978-90-444-1435-6
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2016

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