You can count on Plant-e
Text by Tim Crolla, Projectmanager
You can -literally- count on Plant-e! Near Utrecht, local plants produce electricity via Plant-e technology to power the first traffic count system. This Plant-pilot was officially opened on the 24th of May, by the deputy Jacqueline Verbeek-Nijhof from the province of Utrecht.
On the N401 near Kockengen, 42 Plant-e modules with local plants, power a traffic count system. The plants substitute the solar panels which usually power the counting systems. This pilot comes from the cooperation between the Province of Utrecht and HIG Traffic Systems (supplier of traffic systems). HIG developed the counting system powered by plants, in cooperation with Plant-e.
Jacqueline Verbeek-Nijhof: ”We as a Province, gladly provide space for innovative developments, sustainability and cooperation with innovative partners. Therefore, we provide the side of the N401 for this Pilot to produce energy from local plants. The test will show whether the plants are an alternative for solar panels, which currently power the systems.”
The deputy finalized a plant-battery during the opening action. She officially started the pilot by connecting the green plug.
The province of Utrecht has over 350 kilometer of provincial roads. Traffic count points obtain data which shows how the roads are used, and what future adjustments are needed for accessibility, livability and traffic safety. The Plant-e technology test will last one year, followed by an evaluation.