Solar Powered Noise Monitor

Taylor Woodrow were appointed in 2018 to build junction 10a on the M20, this new gyratory and link road system will alleviate heavy traffic from the existing junction 10.

In order to adequately manage and monitor noise at local sensitive receptors during the build, three noise monitors have been installed to provide real-time data at three locations. A logistical challenge was presented by the remote location required for these monitors to be placed and consequently, lack of power source.

However, this was overcome through early engagement with a local resident who allowed us the use of their front garden to place a photovoltaic panel for one of these monitors. The panel and frame neatly hides the monitor and battery and is providing a renewable and reliable source of power to a very important piece of equipment.

The resident was grateful that noise had been considered and we would be regularly monitoring for exceedances. Furthermore, we are not using traditional methods such as a generator which would only exacerbate the noise.

Moreover, this serves as an example how we have addressed megatrends like climate change and resource scarcity to demonstrate an increasing shift from fossil fuels to renewables, and from centralised to de-centralised energy.

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