Mitrex releases a new PVNB product for highways
by CM Staff
Mitrex, alongside companies Durisol and Silentium Group, have begun working with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) to assist in establishing product approval guidelines.
TORONTO — Mitrex, a Toronto-based manufacturer of integrated photovoltaics, has released its latest product—a photovoltaic noise barrier (PVNB). Offering a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) rating of up to 0.7 through ASTM C423 testing and solar power production, these PVNBs are trying to help create a sustainable future.
In collaboration with noise barrier companies including Durisol and Silentium Group, Mitrex was able to bring to market a photovoltaic noise barrier that will try and energize highways throughout North America.
With a capacity of up to 22 W/SF on a single side (and 37.4 W/SF on a bi-facial barrier), these highway noise barriers attempt to transform roadways into energy generators while maintaining the structure’s functionality. On average, each kilometer will reportedly be generating over 1.2 megawatts of electricity.
With performance comparable to existing absorptive noise barriers, the ability of these PVNBs to reduce unwanted traffic noise while also producing energy is the first type of noise barrier wall system in its class.
Mitrex, along companies Durisol and Silentium Group, have begun working with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) to assist in establishing product approval guidelines for this new technology by integrating Mitrex absorptive PVNB panels into existing MTO-approved noise wall system designs.
As these new guidelines are being established, both Durisol and Silentium Group have selected some of their existing noise barrier wall systems throughout North America to begin retrofitting them with Mitrex absorptive PVNB panel technology. These pilot projects with government entities are aimed to capture data and analyze the PVNBs.
“Partnerships like these allow us to decentralize energy and change the way we power our cities,” says Mitrex CEO Danial Hadizadeh. “We won’t stop here—we will continue to push the envelope to produce the next generation solar-integrated products. Cooperating with companies in other fields is where we can truly make a difference, and it’s essential to developing better, more efficient products and allows us to bring this technology to North America and beyond.”
Mitrex is a developer and manufacturer of solar integrated BIPV materials such as facades, roofs, railings, windows, etc. With roots in the construction industry and BIPVs, Mitrex is beginning to expand into road-integrated photovoltaics, with the ultimate goal of integrating solar into all surfaces with access to sunlight.