The transition to 100% renewable energy is increasingly about integrating solar and wind energy within the limited space available in a country like the Netherlands. This makes it all the more important that we use the available space as efficiently as possible, for example by combining the space taken up by our spatial infrastructure, such as roads, facades, noise barriers, railways and dikes with solar panels as much as possible. Infrastructure in the Netherlands takes up about 2000 km2 of the surface area. The Roadmap PV Systems and Applications predicts that we will combine 10% of this with solar panels over the next 30 years. This represents approximately 33 GWp of installed capacity. Examples of projects in which TNO integrated solar panels into the spatial infrastructure are SolaRoad, SolarHighways and pv on dikes.
The National Consortium Zon op Infra (Solar on infra) is an alliance of national, regional and local authorities, companies, knowledge institutes and interest groups, initiated by TNO, Rijkswaterstaat and TKI Urban Energy.
The National Consortium promotes the innovation and implementation of (integrated) solar energy systems in the infrastructure for railways, motorways, waterways and cycle paths in the Netherlands. The National Consortium Zon op Infra strives to initiate and implement projects so that:
The scope of the National Consortium focuses, among other things, on the following:
The National Consortium Zon op Infra meets at least twice a year to network, exchange knowledge and develop new initiatives. It is an open and publicly accessible consortium.
Contact Corry de Keizer