Such was the case in Speuld in the municipality of Ermelo (Gelderland). The bicycle path through the nature reserve here was in dire need of replacement, but because part of it also lies in a protected Natura 2000 area, additional stringent requirements came into play. For the so-called “streetprint,” a technique that creates a natural pattern in asphalt in a sustainable manner, a pattern was chosen that would significantly increase diesel consumption. Anything but optimal conditions for a “green bike path,” in other words.
Full-service infrastructure partner Van Gelder, however, dared the challenge. It therefore started a conversation with Volta Energy, because how could this ‘street printer’, a device that normally runs on a diesel generator, be more sustainable? At Volta Energy, we of course knew what to do and delivered a 45 kVA solar generator. This sustainable generator was used over a period of 35 days to power the street printer.
Thanks to this generator, instead of the 1428 liters of diesel that a conventional diesel generator would have used, only 79.2 liters were used. Moreover, 6.2 kg less nitrogen (NOx) was emitted and over 4585 less CO2. In other words, a huge savings!