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Energy Bands in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is considered the city of cars. Accordingly, it has particularly numerous and wide freeways, which provide an ideal base for the installation of Energy Bands. 


Parking lots are also huge in Los Angeles and in this part of California. If the parking lots on the right and left of the highways are covered with solar modules along the Energy Bands, the result is photovoltaic surfaces that almost correspond to small solar parks.


The energy generated there can be used on the one hand by parked e-cars to charge their batteries; on the other hand, surpluses from the Energy Bands can be forwarded to other consumers.


Climatically, sunny Los Angeles is also well suited for Energy Bands.

Los Angeles, with its huge wide highways, has the best conditions for Energy Bands

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Energy Bands can generate about 3.5 TWh of energy in the Los Angeles region - for comparison, Los Angeles consumes a total of about 26 TWh per year

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The Energy Bands also run past huge parking lots: If these are covered with photovoltaics, some of them have the size of solar parks - the Energy Bands can collect and forward these decentralized amounts of energy

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PV canopies over Los Angeles parking lots can generate about 10 TWh/a of electricity - adding the 3.5 TWh/yr of Energy Bands, that's 13.5 TWh per year: about half of LA's electricity consumption can be met with them

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Los Angeles aims to convert the majority of its vehicles to e-vehicles by 2035: With nearly 10 million m2 of PV-covered parking along the Energy Bands, electricity will be generated wherever cars are parked anyway - and surpluses can be passed on

Given the large number of cars or car trips in Los Angeles, it makes particular sense to generate photovoltaic electricity directly where the e-vehicles are parked: on the millions of square meters of parking space found throughout the city. The vehicles can "fill up" with electricity whenever they park there, and thus also serve as storage for energy surpluses.


However, many parking spaces are only occupied temporarily, so it must be ensured that any surplus energy generated can then be passed on: The current power grid, however, is not designed to collect or redistribute these amounts of power: With the Energy Bands, on the other hand, a "bypass" can be created via which additional electricity is routed, both to other consumers to the right and left of the highways, and to storage locations.

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Conclusion: Energy Bands can massively accelerate the switch to e-vehicles in the U.S.

Energy Bands in Singapore

Singapore has a rapidly growing demand for electricity: more and more companies from Asia, especially data centers, are expanding their presence in Singapore.


At the same time, the country has no energy ressources of its own, but is dependent on imports. The interest in using existing areas for the photovoltaic generation of electricity is correspondingly high.


To a certain extent, Energy Bands can provide a remedy here: Particularly in commercial areas, they can not only produce energy themselves, but also collect electricity from roofs or parking lot canopies along their route and forward it to a portfolio of large-scale consumers, e.g., data centers or, in the future, hydrogen stations at the port.

Singapore needs around 50 TWh of electricity per year - the trend is rising - and is accordingly stringently looking for sources of renewable energy in order to become independent of fossil energy sources

In Singapore itself, photovoltaics offer themselves as the main source of renewable energy, which the country even floats on its beautiful water reservoirs due to lack of space.


Another major solution planned is the purchase of 7.5 TWh/a of solar power through an undersea cable from Australia.


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Electricity demand in Singapore is rising continuously - driven by growing data centers, automation and networking to become a smart city, and in the future also by the switch to e-mobility

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Around 760 GWh/a can be generated with Energy Bands in commercial and peripheral areas

In Singapore, as in all countries, Energy Bands offer a quick and easy way to build an energy generation infrastructure: With the help of Energy Bands, which run on poles along roads or across the road, 750 GWh can be generated in Singapore. However, due to the intensive tree planting along the roads, the potential for Energy Bands is limited to this expansion stage.

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The potential for Energy-Band infrastructre in Singapore is attractive but low compared to other countries

Many roads in Singapore are wide, but still not suitable for Energy Bands, which is primarily due to the fact that in Singapore roadsides and middle stripes are very often intensively planted with trees and large shrubs, so that the photovoltaic modules of the Energy Bands would be shaded. or there is no space for the masts of the Energy Bands.



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However, the Energy Bands always have an additional function, which also has a positive effect in Singapore: they (i.e. their high voltage cable in the ground) can collect photovoltaic-generated electricity from roof surfaces or canopies to the right and left of their course and forward it to consumers or storage locations.

Energy Bands could be an ideal "power collection network" in Singapore for scattered and volatile photovoltaic power generated by the areas to the right and left along their course

If surfaces on buildings or roofs are used for the installation of PV modules, there is always the challenge of using or storing the decentralized, finely distributed, volatile energy according to the current demand

Extending Energy Bands so that their high-voltage cables collect electricity from PV installations along large wide roads adds another 2,230 GWh/a to their 760 GWh/a of surplus that they can relay and thus make the most of

Conclusion: Energy Bands can contribute about 3 TWh/a to meet Singapore's growing electricity demand directly through own generation and indirectly through transmission of PV-generated energy

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