Solar Energy Applications in Transportation Facilities: A Literature Review

Report No: 79-R20

Published in 1978

About the report:

This report presents the results of a survey of the literature and other sources to determine the types of application that have been made of solar energy in the transportation field. The use of solar energy for powering automatic traffic counters, variable message signs, railroad crossing signals, bridge or pavement deicing, cathodic protection of bridge decks, heating asphalt, as well as space and water, are all described. A list of references and a bibliography on solar energy are provided.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Robin Russell

Last updated: January 26, 2024

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