Mitrex Paves the Way for Absorptive Solar Highway Noise Barriers in North America

Mitrex, a Toronto-based manufacturer and distributor of integrated photovoltaics has just released its latest product, a PVNB (photovoltaic noise barrier) that provides a noise reduction coefficient rating (NRC) of up to 0.7 through ASTM C423 Testing, solar power production, and enhanced aesthetics for road and highway use.

Mitrex, in collaboration with Silentium Group and Durisol, was able bring to market a photovoltaic sound barrier that will be used to power highways across North America. These noise barriers produce solar power that can be supplied directly to nearby infrastructure.

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 transform roadways into energy generators while maintaining the structure’s functionality. Each kilometer will generate over 1.2 MW electricity on average. The PVNBs come in a variety of designs, including transparent and opaque options.

The Mitrex PVNB panels’ performance is comparable to existing absorptive noise barriers and their ability to reduce unwanted traffic noise.

Mitrex, Durisol, and Silentium Group began working with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario to establish product approval guidelines for this technology. They integrate Mitrex absorptive PNB panels into existing MTO approved noise wall systems.

Both Durisol Group and Silentium Group have selected existing noise barrier walls systems in North America to be retrofitted with Mitrex absorptive PVNB panels technology as they establish new guidelines. These pilot projects will be able to collect 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/manufacturer of solar-integrated BIPV materials, such as facades. roofs. railings. windows. Mitrex has roots in the construction industry, BIPVs and is expanding into road-integrated photovoltaics. The ultimate goal is to integrate solar into all surfaces that have access to sunlight.