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Brighton University Drama Society perform Eric Coble’s ‘The Pepperonis’
A look at Tony Pepperoni, his family, his therapist, and the violent dough business that just keeps pulling him back in… First broadcast on WCLV in 2004.
Brighton University Drama Society is back with a series of wonderful radio plays. This week Death of a Jazz Salesman
Kayla Ente discusses energy issues in the light of the new political environment and talks to Karla Rosendahl, RFB’s current intern from Denmark about the use of sustainables in Denmark.
Today’s topic: Comparison of sustainable energy sources used in Britain and Denmark.
Kayla Ente from Brighton and Hove Energy Services Coop is back, talking this week to Jackie Chase about the implications of the new government for the energy policy and sustainables. Also with news of the share launch happening now at BHESCO. More info at
This week Dave Jones interviews Scottish SNP MP for East Lothian, George Kerevan.
The Result !
After an amazing two year campaign, the election finally took place on Thursday 7th May. My apologies for taking so long to post this but I have been recovering from the 29 hour day and night marathon session. Thank you so much for your support.
You probably already know that against most people’s expectations and the polls, the Tories won the national election.
Well, actually they won the English election. They and all the other Westminster parties decisively lost the election in Scotland, where the left of centre Scottish Nationalists swept all before them and romped to victory.
And even in England the Tories won just 36.9% of the vote on a turnout of around 66%. In other words just under a quarter of the population voted for them. Their share of the vote crept up less than 1%. This was no landslide.
But with the collapse of the Lib Dems it was enough to give the Tories a majority of seats under the UK’s archaic “First Past The Post (FPTP) voting system.
The old three-party system has been blown open — the defining image of the General Election for many people was the 7 Leaders Head to Head election debate. The previously smaller parties like the Greens, the SNP and Plaid Cymru and UKIP now have 61 seats between them.
The Greens polled 4% nationally — four times the amount of 2010. If we had proportional representation, the Green Party would have around 25 seats!
The great news is that Caroline Lucas, the first Green MP in the UK here in Brighton, was re-elected by a thumping increased majority of almost 8,000 votes.
And here in Brighton Kemptown we also increased our vote — but sadly did not win the seat.
In fact, this traditional Tory/Labour marginal seat saw both the two major parties putting a huge squeeze on the potential voters for other parties.
Labour in Kemptown targeted our voters relentlessly in the final weeks of the campaign to vote “tactically for Labour to keep the Tories out”. They delivered letters to people displaying Green posters, rang people up and knocked on doors. Sadly it had an effect and we lost a lot of potential votes.
But it meant lots of people wasted their votes — the incumbent Tory MP narrowly retained his seat, riding the last-minute swing to the Tories. So “tactical voters” voted for a party they didn’t support and didn’t achieve their objective either. Let that be a lesson to them.
Here’s the result in full:
Simon Kirby (Tory) 18,428
Nancy Platts (Labour) 17,738
Ian Buchanan (UKIP) 4,446
Davy Jones (Green) 3,178
Paul Chandler (Lib Dems) 1,365
We got 7% — up from 5% at the 2010 General Election and we saved our deposit.
But the result significantly understates our real support. There were local elections on the same day where the pressure to vote tactically to “keep the Tories out” did not exist. Adding the votes up in all those local election wards in the constituency, we got double the number of votes — 6,400 — showing that our real support was much higher, closer to 14%.
We are very upbeat about our local campaign. We succeeded in keeping Labour so busy that they could not put resources into toppling Caroline Lucas in the adjoining Brighton Pavilion seat.
We built up new bases of support right across the constituency. We supported many worthy local campaigns. We had a big visible and political impact on the constituency — picked up by the local media. We won the arguments and came out on top in all the election hustings locally. And we had fun at the same time.
All this was only possible because of your help. We estimate the two main parties spent between £50,000 to £100,000 on their campaigns due to big donations from business or trade unions. We raised every penny ourselves and spent a tenth of that amount.
Thank you so much for your support. If you have not joined the Green Party please consider doing so. We are the future.
We hope to put up more material on the website from election day shortly but there is already loads of material with pics on the Facebook page — see below.
This week on the Politics show RFB’s Adam interviews Davy Jones, Green Party MP candidate for Brighton Kemptown.
This week Dave Jones interviews John Allcock from the Brighton People’s Assembly on the Austerity and the MayDay! MayDay! The Peoples Fête, a local movement of resistance and solidarity being held on the 2nd May throughout Brighton (link below).
This week Dave Jones interviews climate science professor, Paul Beckwith.
This week Dave Jones discusses Fracking with Claire Robinson and Atlanta Cook from Frack Free Sussex.
This Week Dave Jones discusses politics with two students from the University of Brighton, Yasmin and Callum.
This week Davy jones interviews Malcolm Cook, director and presenter of Growing Concerns on LATEST TV.
Davy Jones, Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Kemptown discusses protest music with Robb Johnson and Bethan Prosser
A campaign group in Brighton has arranged a protest to coincide with a council meeting, after proposals to close children’s centres across the city.
Brighton Children’s Centres Campaign (BCCC) will lead the march, which will go from New Road adjacent to the Pavilion Gardens to Hove Town Hall.Thursday February 26.
The march will coincide with a council budget meeting at Hove Town Hall to approve plans to downsize and close children’s centres in the city.
Cllr. Sue Shanks, Chair of the Children & Young People Committee at Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “We are facing cuts in our budget, but we are not proposing to close centres, our proposals are about raising tax.
“I welcome the protests — I wish more people protest about the things they do not like.”
The public consultation about the proposals to close and reduce centres across the city received nearly 1,000 responses.
Last month the proposals were announced, which includes a cut of over £800,000 to children’s services across the city.
The BCCC is urging supporters to come along to the march, with signs and pictures.
Davy Jones’ guest this week is Marina Prentoulis who is Senior Lecturer in politics and media at the University of East Anglia. She is also a member of Syriza and of the Greece Solidarity Campaign. Davy and Marina discuss the recent elections in Greece and the impact of these events in Europe.
This week Davy interviews Ken Montague who is building local support for the “Time to Act on Climate Change!” national demonstration on March 7th? You can find out more from http://www.campaigncc.org/TimetoAct
38 Degrees member David Fisher has started a petition calling on Brighton & Hove Council to refuse planning permission to turn the Brighton Hippodrome into an 8 screen cinema. He’d like to see it restored and turned into a live venue, what do you think?
Here’s what David says:
“The magnificent Brighton Hippodrome needs your help to save it from being wrecked. It is a unique theatre building, listed Grade II* by English Heritage because of its historical and architectural significance.
After closing as a variety theatre in 1965, it was a bingo hall until 2007. The stunning interior, however, is still in remarkable condition, with very little deterioration.
Suddenly, in mid 2013, a proposal to convert the building into an eight-screen cinema emerged. The plans involve demolishing the stage, the fly-tower, all the back-stage facilities, the stalls and the orchestra pit. Without these it ceases to be a theatre.”
Click here to sign his petition now:
If you have any comments on David’s campaign, you can join the conversation on the 38 Degrees Facebook page herehttps://www.facebook.com/peoplepowerchange/posts/427851554028295
LISTEN HERE TO DAVY JONES WITH LAUREN CAPE-DAVENHILL FROM GATWICK DETAINEES WELFARE GROUP ON THE PROPOSED WALK AND ARTS PROJECT ‘REFUGEE TALES’ More info at www.refugeetales.org and http://www.gdwg.org.uk
Saturday 13th – Sunday 21st June 2015
Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group’s unique walk follows the North Downs Way from Dover to Crawley via Canterbury along some of the paths that were taken by the Canterbury pilgrims many centuries ago. We will be reflecting on the many long and dangerous journeys that refugees make fleeing war and persecution, seeking a safe place to live.
They welcome walkers to join the 80 mile walk - for the whole route, a day or a few days.
Following a colourful launch event at the beginning of the walk in Dover, arts events (drama, art, music, poetry and prose) inspired by The Canterbury Tales will be held at every evening stop on the walk.
This week Davy Jones talks to John Allcock from Brighton People’s Assembly about the event Sat Jan10th, Brighthelm Centre 10–4.30pm
Power to the People? A citizens’ conversation about democracy, cuts and resistance.
Why does a crisis of the banking system mean that we have to have our benefits and services cut?
What gave the Ritzy cinema workers the courage to strike and win a living wage?
What happened when a group of young single mums refused to accept eviction and rehousing far away from their community in East London?
How can we stop our NHS being dismantled piece by piece?
Come to Power to the People? to learn about what we’re up against and discuss how to take back our power and make our voices heard, here in Brighton.
Campaign stalls– Films
– Discussion and skill sharing workshops
– Free lunch
Saturday, 10 January 2015 — 10:00 to 16:30
BN1 1YD Brighton
Who is Davy Jones? Davy Jones, Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Kemptown, and regular host of the Politics Show, answers questions posed by Jackie Chase of Radio Free Brighton and other volunteers from the radio station. LISTEN HERE
Saltdean Countryside Alliance LISTEN HERE
This week Davy Jones talks to Lisa Forrest from the Saltdean Countryside Alliance. A Planning application has been received by Brighton and Hove City Council for 36 houses on the edge of the downs in Rottingdean, at the northern end of Westmeston Avenue, to the rear of Bishopstone Drive and Falmer Avenue, Saltdean and can be clearly seen from Dean Court Road. To find out more and raise objections go to
City of Sanctuary LISTEN HERE
This week Davy Jones meets Jenny Lansdell from City of Sanctuary.City of Sanctuary is a national network, a movement of local groups made up by businesses, community organisations and individuals, all with one thing in common; their belief that sanctuary seekers should be welcomed, and that their contribution to society should be celebrated.
City of Sanctuary Brighton http://www.cityofsanctuary.org/bright…
Discussion of the Drugs Issue LISTEN HERE
This week Davy and Steve Peake discuss the issue of drugs and effective ways to approach the subject through our community and government policy and alternative approaches being taken in other countries.
An interview with Brooke Larson about Latin America
continued discussion about United Kingdom General Election 2015, and Greek government.
United Kingdom General Election, 2015.
An interview with Jeff Faux about the American’s Economy
This week John Weeks discusses further the issue of Cuba with Elizabeth Dore talking about “Voices from the Cuban Street”
The photograph is of Elizabeth Dore and Regla Hernandez Gomez, one of the people she interviewed for her 10 year study of at
Attitudes of Cubans toward the revolution.
First of a new series of commentary on economic conditions and policy in the UK and beyond from John Weeks.John Weeks is a professor emeritus of the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and author of The Economics of the 1%: How Mainstream Economics Serves the Rich, Obscures Reality and Distorts Policy. His recent policy work includes a supplemental unemployment program for the European Union and advising the central banks of Argentina and Zambia. More info on John at http://jweeks.org/
Drink beer and support Sea Shepherd UK! Now with added bands!12 London Road, BN1 4JA Brighton
Music, entertainment and more featuring:
Sea Shepherd Global announces its 2015 Faroe Islands pilot whale defense campaign, Operation Sleppid Grindini. From June 14 through to October, Sea Shepherd crewmembers from around the world will return to the Danish Faroe Islands to once again halt the mass slaughter of long-finned pilot whales and other small cetaceans in the region.
The campaign marks the commencement of Sea Shepherd’s increased presence in the North Atlantic, where the organization will use its Southern Ocean successes to combat the continuing, unnecessary slaughter of cetaceans.
For hundreds of years the people of the Faroe Islands have been herding migrating pilot whales from the sea into shallow water and slaughtering them. The slaughter, known by the Faroese term ‘grindadráp’ or ‘grind’, is a brutal and bloody tradition that wipes-out entire family groups of whales and dolphins at one time.
Improving your community, one bowl of soup at a time. Like Dragon’s Den, with Soup – where you get to be a Dragon.
Like a bit of Gyp-Hop Ska with lashings of Latino and a side of Funk? Look no further, Town of Cats most recent single ‘Demon’ captures all of the above and more.
Here’s the link to the Soundcloud page for the single: https://soundcloud.com/townofcats/the-demon
A senior UN official has just spoken out about the secretive TTIP deal, warning of “a dystopian future in which corporations call the shots instead of democracies”, and highlighting significant fears about human rights abuses should the deal go through.
Next month is a pivotal moment to stop TTIP for good: the European Parliament will be voting on a landmark resolution on TTIP.
A whopping 1.7 million of us have already signed up to oppose the devastating TTIP deal, and now we’re pushing to hit 2 million signatures before the big vote to ensure our MEPs force the European Commission to stand up for democracy.
We have teamed up with more than 400 partner organisations all across the European Union to form a self-organised, EU-wide citizens’ initiative against TTIP and CETA.
The rapidly growing opposition against the TTIP has European leaders terrified. They’re scrambling to save the deal by proposing superficial changes to appease the public.
But we’re not buying it. A freshly-leaked chapter of the draft treaty just revealed that TTIP poses an even greater risk to our democracy than we thought. If TTIP passes, it will put every single new environmental, health, and labour standard in jeopardy. Our best chance to stop this deal now is to make sure as many MEPs as possible vote against the deal.
Global opposition to secretive trade deals is growing by the second as people begin to learn that this deal isn’t about jobs and the economy — it’s about corporate greed. SumOfUs members and allies have been instrumental in raising the profile on these secret trade deals across the planet — from travelling to negotiations and running demonstrations to sneaking inside hotels where negotiations are taking place. Let’s rally behind the UN’s urgent warning and stop these dangerous talks for good.
Brighton shoppers are flocking to an award-winning retailer offering a novel way to reduce shopping costs and save on waste.
The London Road shop hiSbe “How It Should Be” now offers a clever new multi-purpose carrier bag at the till which can convert into a 60 litre bin liner or recycling sack when shoppers get home, or be re-used many times at the checkout till. Customers are being encouraged to try the bag and fill in a short survey to help refine the design.
The bag, another Brighton innovation, will also enable shoppers to avoid the 5 pence tax on every single use bag coming to all stores across England in September.
Bag Re:Born inventor, Richard Simmonite, said: “Single use carrier bags are an environmental disaster, but reusable carriers need to be used a lot of times to be any better. Research has found that people typically use their single use carrier bags as bin liners, so it made sense to try and create a product that would do both things while reducing the environmental impact of bags.”
HISBE founders, Ruth and Amy Anslow, added: “Todays shoppers are active supporters of social enterprise and sustainability. Bag Re:Born is a great fit with our customers values as well as saving them money and reducing waste”.
Both companies have won industry awards for their innovations.
Eager shoppers have already grabbed 300 of these new bags in their first week at hiSbe. Bag Re:Born is forecasting to save families hundreds of pounds and prevent millions of single use bags being thrown away every year.
“The People’s Republic page is a support group in these difficult times, as well as a space to be positive and lighthearted. We would like it to reflect everything that’s sane and progressive about our fantastic city.” — Facebook
“I woke up the morning after the election and saw that Brighton and Hove was now just a tiny red and green island in an absolute sea of blue. And I just wanted somewhere to share my grief,” says Jason Smart, on the moment of visceral mourning that led him to declare the independence of the People’s Republic of Brighton and Hove.
Nations have been founded on a whim, but the People’s Republic of Brighton and Hove may be the first to be founded as a therapeutic device after an unexpected Tory victory. Last week, while the rest of the England was frenziedly voting Tory, Brighton and Hove dug their heels in, and instead voted in a Green MP (Caroline Lucas, her second term and this time with a majority of 8,000) and a Labour MP (Peter Kyle, taking over a traditionally Tory constituency with a majority of just over 1,000).
Smart may have intended the republic as a joke, but as the city, full of environmentalists and lefties, woke up, there was plenty of need for venting of grief and nearly 8,000 people have signed up. There have already been requests for asylum from neighbouring Kemptown, and further north-east, Lewes has requested an invasion and promised to supply the fireworks.
One supporter has suggested an entry questionnaire on “early 90s music, Star Wars, graphic design, skateboards and BMXing and Bobby Gillespie, followed by an appraisal of overall style factor ie beard style, length, tattoo quality and cut of jeans”. Chumbawumba’sTubthumping is being suggested as a possible anthem, although Bob Marley’s One Love is fighting back. A possible constitution would begin, “We have the right to bare legs”, while aid parcels to surrounding Tory constituencies would include Brighton Gin, coffee, a yoga mat and a seagull relaxation tape.
“Now all I need to do is grow a beard,” says Smart, who was a hat-maker before destiny caught up with him. “I’ll spend the afternoon working on that.”
Children, Capitalism, Family Values?
Updates on Alberta election, Kansas closes schools early, Gallup polls on unequal US wealth and on average work weeks over 40 hours, Über and markets, ignorance about USSR economy. Response to listeners on public subsidies to private profits. Interview with Dr. Harriet Fraad on children and families in US capitalism.
Capitalism’s Other Side
Updates on May Day holiday, Baltimore uprising, Nepal earthquake/poverty, Varoufakis vs repression, and Bud Light pushing beer by endangering women. Response to listener’s questions on varieties of coops. Interview with Prof. Yahya Madra on Turkey, Capitalism, and Islam.
Updates on UK elections, crisis’s long-term effects, Kansas demonizes the poor, and the mustard-ketchup economic war. Responses to listeners on child-support economics and car production moving to Mexico. Major discussions: capitalism and war — a history, new stages of Cuban socialism and US Cuba-policy, the high stakes of Greece’s economic situation.
Title: Honest Economics
“Updates on Bernanke’s new big-bucks finance job, GM avoids billions in victims’ claims for faulty ignitions, Seattle capitalist raises all workers to minimum $70k/yr, Americans’ self-delusion on inequality, private profit trumps public policy, and anti-student-debt activism. Responses to listeners: impact on China if capitalism’s relocation stopped. Major discussions of economics of wages and prices, narrowness of economics education, and basic global economic development issue.”
Economic Change and Personal Life Crises
Updates on car parts industry, German courts cut Über, Russia’s economy grows despite sanctions, no recovery in declining teaching positions for new US PhDs in humanities, and huge Mexican strikes against Driscoll berries produced for US. Responses to listeners on (1) countries’ currency manipulations and (2) role of unions in workers’ coops. Interview Dr. Harriet Fraad, mental health counsellor, on how capitalism’s changes since 1970s have disrupted the personal lives of US men and women and creative solutions.
System Change: Then and Now
Updates on Trans-Pacific Partnership secrets, the Heinz-Kraft merger, the overly costly, underperforming US medical care system, fines for Graco selling faulty child car-seats, China’s real-estate bubble, and estate tax repeal by Republican House. Response to listener on property: private versus public. Major discussion of how system change happened in the past and and how in capitalism today.
“Economics of Corruption”
Updates on Yellen press conference,“Blockupy” protests in Europe against ECB and austerity, New York mayor DiBlasio signs bill for worker coops, and important fight over closing Sweet Briar college. Interview with veteran reporter Bob Hennelly on economics of US political corruption with special focus on his native New Jersey.
“Housing, Cities, Suburbs”
Updates on pizza politics, changing currency values, and tax-cutting politicians’ wild claims. Responses on workers coops’ competitiveness and on ‘unfree’ agricultural markets. Interview Walter South on economics of housing and dangerous economics of US cities and suburbs.
“Economic Decline and Growing Resistance”
Updates on taxis vs Über vs driver coops, an apology on Detroit, International Womens Day, and cutting workers’ compensation. Response to listeners on the economics of debts, past and present. Major discussions of (1) resisting economic decline: Minnesota governor, Emma Thompson and Pope Francis, (2) Wisconsin governor presides over economic decline, and (3) extremes of economic inequality.
Updates on Europeans’ struggles against austerity policies. Response to questions on how workers’ self-directed enterprises solve various problems (especially financing and different skill levels). In depth critical discussion of ‘free enterprise’ and the free enterprise system.
The new government has promised to scrap the Human Rights Act. It’s a huge blow not just to us here in the UK, but to everyone still fighting for these rights around the world.
This is one election pledge that we simply cannot allow the new government to fulfill.
The threat to scrap the Act and promise to replace it with a British Bill of Rights isn’t just wordplay. It could allow the government – and whoever is in power in the future – to pick and choose who can access rights in this country.
We’re being told that certain rights will be removed from ‘criminals and terrorists’. But taking rights away from anyone undermines your rights too — a fundamental principle of human rights is that they are universal, they apply to all humans.
It cannot be down to the whim of the politicians of the day to say who rights apply to and who they do not.
Until this election, you might have never heard of the Human Rights Act – but you’ll notice once it’s gone. It brings human rights home, enshrining them in UK law. Among many other things, the Act means the government, the police, local councils and other public authorities must respect our basic rights.
The Human Rights Act has protected us all for 15 years. Now, we must stand together and fight to save it.
We are perhaps best known for our work fighting human rights abuses in other countries. But we now face the biggest roll back of human rights ever seen in the UK. We have to fight for our rights at home to make sure we can continue to fight for rights abroad.
The US government just gave Shell the go-ahead to drill in the Arctic for oil, putting our climate and the ocean’s majestic wildlife under grave risk. But five unlikely local officials hold the key to the climate floodgates and can stop Shell from getting an important permit from the Seattle Port. Sign to call on them to make the right decision for our planet:
Five unlikely local officials hold the key to the climate floodgates. Before Shell can get to the Arctic, they need a key permit from the Port of Seattle, where Shell plans to launch the monster boats to the Arctic. It doesn’t look like Shell has a real backup, and the Port’s Commissioners are still deciding whether to give Shell the permit. That’s where we come in.
The Port of Seattle Commissioners are local figures who are not used to being under the global spotlight. If we build a million-strong call before the Shell rig arrives this week, we can encourage them them to make the most important decision in their lives and give Shell the answer our planet’s future depends on: Drilling in the Arctic? Shell No! Sign now and share widely:
Drilling the Arctic is extremely dangerous and far too hazardous for our fragile climate. The closest Coast Guard station is more than 1,000 miles away. If anything goes wrong, which Shell’s own plan says is likely, there would be literally nothing anyone could do about it.
But what’s even more incredible is that we’re even considering unlocking a whole new form of extreme oil that scientists say is 100% incompatible with maintaining the climate that humankind has known for our entire existence. Profits for Shell or the global climate — it should be an easy choice.
The momentum is building — public pressure from environmental activists helped encourage Seattle’s Mayor to insist that Shell needs this new permit. And two of the five Port Commissioners look likely to side with us and the planet, meaning we just need one more for a majority. But Shell will do everything in its power to make sure nothing stops their drilling, and only a global outcry can give the Port Commissioners the push needed to stop them. Click below to sign:
David, Mais, Emma, Mia, Andrew and the whole Avaaz team
Shell to resume Arctic drilling off Alaska as green groups warn of disaster (The Guardian)
U.S. Will Allow Drilling for Oil in Arctic Ocean (New York Times)
Frozen Future: Shell’s ongoing gamble in the US Arctic (Report, Oil Change International)
Leave fossil fuels buried to prevent climate change, study urges (The Guardian)
Mayor: Port needs new permit to host Shell oil-drilling fleet (The Seattle Times)
Raising Paddles in Seattle to Ward Off an Oil Giant (New York Times)
What a concept for a pilot project. Can’t we change our roads into gigantic solar panels? Harvest energy from them? Get solar electricity from them, fed into the electricity grid and used for street lighting, traffic systems, households and electric cars?
A public-private partnership in the Netherlands has such a pilot project going on, in the form of sunlight on the road surfaces converted into electricity, in the form of a bike path. The project participants for SolaRoad want the world to know that this project so far is looking good. SolaRoad is in a pilot phase for a three-year period; The Associated Press said that this was a 3.5-million Euro project.
The first six months of the pilot phase were successful, according to a SolaRoad press release issued earlier this month. The energy yield was beyond their expectations. Spokesperson Sten de Wit said they were surprised to see the level of success so quickly. Case in point: “The bike road opened half a year ago and already generated over 3,000 kWh,” he said. “If we translate this to an annual yield, we expect more than the 70 kWh per square meter per year, which we predicted as an upper limit in the laboratory stage. We can therefore conclude that it was a successful first half year.”
The engineers behind the bike path design had to develop a solar road that could not only have requisite strength but also resist skids. SolaRoad has been described as a “living lab” of about 70 meters.
The cycle path is made up of concrete modules of 2.5 by 3.5 meters. Solar cells are fitted and protected by a centimeter-thick top layer of safety glass with a transparent, skid-resistant coating. The other lane does not have solar cells; it serves as a test area. SustainableBusiness.com said that, “While a flat solar panel is 30 percent less efficient than those at an angle or rooftop, there’s plenty of surface to make up for that.”
This living lab, however, has hit some issues along the way. Jon Fingas in Engadget wrote, “Things haven’t been going perfectly. The coating on the solar cells’ protective glass tends to peel off when the weather changes, for example, suggesting that the path could be expensive to maintain as-is.” (The press release said that at the end of December 2014 and in early Spring of 2015 a small section of the coating “delaminated.” Large temperature fluctuations can cause local delamination due to shrinkage in the coating, it noted. “Repairs have been made and the development of an improved top layer is now in an advanced stage.”) The AP report said the fluctuations caused part of it to peel off namely in early winter and early spring.
Fingas remarked that, as the project to last for another two and a half years, “SolaRoad believes that it’ll have plenty of time to iron out the kinks, and it’s confident enough that it plans to test its technology on small municipal roads in the future.”
SolaRoad officially opened in November 2014. Ubergizmo said about 150,000 cyclists have crossed the SolaRoad in the six months that it has gone live.
The AP report said SolaRoad’s public-private partnership includes the province of Noord-Holland, TNO, Ooms Civiel and Imtech.
Looking to the future, TNO project manager Wim ven der Poel said, “Using this energy to charge electric cars while they are driving over the road is a beautiful dream, which might become reality. SolaRoad acts as a step towards a closed ecosystem. From mobility through energy back to mobility – which makes the circle complete.”