Energy harvesting from solar and permeable pavements: A feasibility study

Energy harvesting from solar and permeable pavements: A feasibility study

Domenico Vizzari Pierfabrizio Puntorieri Filippo Praticò Vincenzo Fiamma Giuseppe Barbaro 

IFSTTAR, Nantes, Route de Bouaye 44344, Bouguenais, France

Mediterranea University DICEAM, Via Graziella, 89124 Feo di Vito – RC, Italy

Mediterranea University DIIES, Via Graziella, 89124 Feo di Vito – RC, Italy

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31 December 2018
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As is well known, solar pavements are gaining more and more relevance in civil engineering due to their potential in terms of energy harvesting. This notwithstanding, several issues still hinder these typologies from getting an outstanding role, among which their uncertain durability, their surface performance (friction, drainability, texture). In the light of the above, the study described in this paper focuses on permeable and solar roadways. An innovative pavement type was designed by means of the synergistic consideration of hydraulic- and transport-related issues and performance. Once formulated and designed, the pavement underwent the preliminary feasibility study in terms of hydraulic and friction-based characteristics in order to assess its ability to perform satisfactory in dry and wet conditions.

Results of the study demonstrate that the idea of coupling energy harvesting and premium properties (such as permeability) can be further developed and future research will be devoted to produce a prototype. The contributions of this study is to improve from a draining point of view the typical solar pavement structures. Results can benefit both practitioners and researchers


solar pavement, drainability, rainfall

1. Introduction
2. Objectives and paper organization
3. The problem of the friction in the solar roads
4. Feasibility study of the permeable surface
5. Summary and conclusions

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