Thieves shut China’s solar highway after just five days

Construction of Chinese ‘solar road’

For less cost they could have put the panels at the side of the road, angled towards the sun.

Road built from solar panels targeted by gang thought to be trying to steal technology, reports the South China Morning Post.

The one-kilometre stretch of photovoltaic highway – built of solar panels which cars can drive over – opened for testing in Jinan, the capital of Shandong province on December 28.

During a routine inspection last Tuesday, staff found that it had been vandalised and a portion of it was missing, Qilu Evening News reported.

A narrow 1.8-metre panel had been removed and seven surrounding panels damaged by the thieves.

A road construction worker was quoted as saying that it appeared the theft was the work of a professional team that may have been interested in the technology used on the road.

The solar highway forms part of Jinan’s ring road system. There is a thin layer of transparent concrete on top of the panels to protect them and a layer of insulation below.

Xinhua reported earlier that the panels can generate 1 million kilowatt-hours of power a year, which is enough to meet the daily demand of about 800 households.

The solar motorway is thought to be the largest in the world after the first such road opened in a village in rural France in 2016.

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Report: China builds Solar Highway with transparent concrete over solar panels
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January 8, 2018 at 05:03AM

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