Tokyo to develop eco-friendly solar roads before 2020 Olympics
Category: #world  By Saipriya Iyer  Date: 2018-06-11
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Tokyo to develop eco-friendly solar roads before 2020 Olympics

In a move that may increase the expanse of the Japan renewable energy industry, the Tokyo administration is planning to construct solar roads with the ability to store the sun’s energy via solar panels deployed within the road surface.

Reportedly, the government wants to promote the capital of the country as an environmental-friendly city, ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics to be held in Tokyo. Authentic sources cite that the renewable energy technology is likely to be introduced at the government owned units in Tokyo & other sites next year.

Last month, the metropolitan government developed a solar road in a car parking at one of the 7-Eleven store, a Japanese owned American chain of convenience stores, located in Kanagawa Prefecture. The manager at the 7-eleven store has claimed that the solar road system will produce nearly 16,145 KW hours of electricity yearly and will cover approximately 9% of overall power consumption at the store.

The strategic decision demonstrates the Tokyo government’s focus towards the utilization of new technologies for generating energy via renewable sources. For the record, countries such as Holland and France have already constructed solar roads for cycling and vehicles respectively.

The regional government has set a target of having renewable energy contribute nearly 30% towards Tokyo’s overall energy consumption by 2030.  Earlier, in 2016, the city authorities had set a target of nearly 12% contribution by green energy sources.

The city officials have further declared that there are no limits for deploying solar road technology in terms of sites. However, the key issue associated with the deployment of the new system is the surge in costs. It has been reported that the components of the new technology are not manufactured on a large scale as they are not used extensively. A source familiar with the developments even claims that in France, it costs nearly EUR 5 million to construct a kilometer of solar road.



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