The sun supplies the earth with heat and light, among other things, and emits radiation. Since the beginning of humanity, the sun has therefore been seen as one of the most important factors in our lives. The Mayans and Aztecs had been around for about 2,000 years. Christ fascinated by the sun and observed it carefully. In the time of the Greeks, for the first time the usefulness of the sun was recognized as an energy-providing source by the Greek philosopher Aristotle. He thought about how best to use solar heat by adapting the house building to it. In the third century BC, the Romans took over this knowledge of the Greeks. She used magnifying glasses to use the solar energy to light flares, at the time mainly for religious purposes.

The history of solar energy

In 1767 the first solar panels were installed in Switzerland. The Swiss scientist Horace-Bénédict de Saussure discovered by generating solar energy and way to cook with a kind of solar panel. His technique was later used in around 1830 by the scientist John Herschel, among others, who invented an instrument with which the heat power of generated solar energy could be measured. Not much later, around 1839, a real breakthrough took place. Then the French physicist Antoine César Becquerel discovered the so-called ‘photovoltaic’ effect. He first experienced how sunlight could be converted into electricity.

He discovered that by exposing an arrangement of electrodes placed in an electrolyte to the sunlight, electrons were released which can move in the desired direction. As a result, the amount of electricity produced increases and power is generated. A breakthrough, because not much later the so-called photoconductivity was invented on the basis of this new knowledge. In 1876, for example, the first selenium solar energy was converted into electricity. The new insights laid the foundations for a few years later. Around the beginning of the 20th century, the first solar cell was produced. Today, it still serves as the basis for the solar panels as we know them today.

Solar energy in rapids

Since the 2000s, solar technology has really accelerated. Due to new technological advances, the production costs of solar panels decreased. Moreover, rising energy costs also play a role, for both consumers and companies solar energy became increasingly interesting and also more profitable to purchase. Moreover, since the climate crisis was declared, solar energy has been seen as an essential part of the energy transition. Solar energy is good for the climate because it requires less fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas) and therefore reduces CO2 emissions during production.

How does solar work?

Solar energy comes entirely from the heat and light of the sun. This energy is converted into electricity, because the energy is absorbed by, for example, solar panels, a solar water heater or a solar carport. When the sun shines on a solar panel, an electric current is created between the positive charge on top of the cell and the negative charge below it. That’s because solar panels are made up of solar cells. These cells are made of material that can only conduct current when the light falls on them. Because the sun shines, an electric current is created between the positive charge on top of the cell and the negative charge below it. This is also called DIRECT current. During this process, an inverter then converts the power to ALTERNATING current. This is actually the same kind of power that comes out of your socket. The inverter then sends the power to the mains. The inverter also records the total yield of the solar panels. For example, a home or a company can be supplied with green electricity that has arisen from solar energy.

The future of solar energy

The theory that the heat and the sun lies can be converted into energy has been around for hundreds of years. As there is increasing talk of an energy shortage and new technologies, this form of energy generation has become increasingly accessible to individuals and businesses. In recent years, increasingly innovative solar cells and solar panels have been developed.  These can also yield more returns. As a result, they can now be recouped in a shorter time by households and companies that, for example, have solar panels installed on their roofs. A few examples of new developments are, for example, thin film solar panels, plastic solar panels, harmonica solar panels or 3D solar panels. Moreover, there is still plenty of research being done on the further development of profitable solar panels.  

More and more people are now choosing to provide their home or company with solar panels. This is essential for companies, because by 2023 business premises must have a minimum energy label C. From 2030, at least label A will be the requirement. For this reason, the switch to green energy has become increasingly attractive, whether necessary or not. A good example of this is having a solar parking space installed. This is actually a solar carport that provides a covered parking space with solar panels. This collects green electricity for companies, but also, for example, for the electric cars parked there. The solar carport supplies the charging stations with solar energy.  An innovation that combines functionality and sustainability and helps entrepreneurs on their way to cleaner entrepreneurship.

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In recent years, solar panels and solar water heaters have gained popularity in the Netherlands at a rapid pace. We can no longer ignore it, fossil fuels are running out. Where in the past our electricity had to be extracted from coal, gas and/or oil, we are now increasingly opting for sustainable electricity from renewable sources, such as solar energy or wind energy.  Not only because fossil fuels are scarce, but when these fuels are burned, CO2 is also released, so the fuels cause environmental pollution. A solar water heater or a solar carport generates sustainable energy. This does not involve less to less CO-2 emissions. For this reason, this current is also called green energy. In this part of our knowledge base you can read everything about how you can generate green electricity for your company through a solar carport.

Green energy

In the Netherlands, more and more green energy is generated, but not enough to provide all households and businesses with this. More and more individuals and companies are therefore investing in green energy themselves.  Not surprising, because by 2050 our country must be practically energy and CO2 neutral. If you have your own company or company, time is ticking even faster, because new rules will soon apply there. From 1 January 2023, your office must have a minimum energy label C and from 2030 at least label A will be the requirement. Reason enough to quickly switch to green energy.

But what exactly is that?  Green energy is electricity generated from renewable or renewable energy sources, where no to less CO2 is released during generation.  In the Netherlands, solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, water and biomass are covered by green electricity. Although the latter can be discussed whether this current is really green, according to Milieu Centraal this is not the case. Wood is often burned for this purpose, or crops specially grown for biomass are used. This source is labelled as sustainable, but it is a disputed green source.

The solar carport

Solar panels are essential in the energy transition. Private individuals often install solar panels or a solar water heater at home to contribute to a better climate. As an entrepreneur you can also opt for a solar carport.  A solar carport combines functionality with durability.  The functionality of the carport is the canopy under which one can place a car or another vehicle, often at home or at an office building, in order to protect it from different weather conditions. The building consists in its usual form of a covered parking space that can be carried out separately or attached. A sunroof can therefore be installed on the roof of the carport. The solar carport can then be used to create a green parking space or to supply an office building with green energy.

The advantages of a solar carport

By turning your parking lot into a carport with a sunroof, you catch two birds with one stone. For example, the advantages of a carport are more protection of the vehicles against weather conditions for extra safety. In addition, by generating solar energy you can power your business premises or charge electric cars in an environmentally friendly way under the carport. In addition, with a solar carport you are eligible for a number of subsidies and other tax advantages. In addition, solar energy has two major advantages: it ensures less to no CO2 emissions and solar energy is inexhaustible. This way of generating electricity is virtually non-burdensome for the environment. With a solar roof you contribute to a better environment and you benefit from greener energy for your vehicles or business premises.

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More and more companies in the Netherlands are aware of the need to do business sustainably. A study by CSR Netherlands shows that the corona crisis has also played a role in this. About 80 percent of Dutch companies see opportunities for sustainable entrepreneurship due to the corona crisis. Companies indicated that the ‘awareness that things have to be different’ is growing and that there is now an opportunity to make sustainable entrepreneurship the standard. A solar carport is a good way to green your business!

A solar carport: a canopy with solar panels

At AmperaPark, the AmperaPort developed: a sustainable canopy with solar panels with which you can turn your parking lot into a green energy source. In addition to making your business more sustainable, this carport with solar panels also has other advantages. With the solar carport you can easily meet your energy target. From 1 January 2023, organisations larger than 100 m2 must have at least energy label C. With the installation of a solar carport from AmperaPark, achieving this goal is easy.

In addition, you can make use of various tax advantages and government subsidies when you opt for a canopy with solar panels for the parking lot of your company. This makes greening your business even easier. The AmperaPort also has a unique design that makes the parking space an eye-catcher. Since the parking lot is the first thing a visitor to the company sees, you immediately make a good impression with a solar carport.

A sustainable parking space

AmperaPark’s solar carport produces about 3000 kWh per parking space, per year! This is due to the semi-transparent solar panels specially designed for the AmperaPort. This solar energy can then be easily converted into energy for your electric car, bicycle or scooter. 3000kWh equals about 15,000 solar kilometres per year. This way, your company is no longer dependent on mains power, but you have your own energy! In addition, a solar carport makes efficient use of the scarce space. Almost every company has a piece of parking space and by cleverly decorateing this place, you get a profit in terms of sustainability. By using a carport with solar panels, you do not have to sacrifice valuable space, but you do wake up green energy. In addition, the company’s vehicles and personnel are protected from sun and rain. A win-win situation!

Greening your business

A canopy with solar panels is therefore an efficient way to make your business more sustainable. AmperaPark’s AmperaPort is also scalable. The units are custom made from 3 to 3000 parking spaces. So you don’t have to make your entire parking space more sustainable at once, but you can also get started step by step. This lowers the threshold for a green parking space. Our solar carports can also be equipped with a smart charging system for electric cars. This way you immediately gain insight into your own generated energy.

Do you want to know what you can save by a solar carport? At AmperaPark we have developed a tool that gives you accurate insight into the potential savings by placing carport with solar panels. The tool shows without obligation how you will convert your current company parking space into a green energy source.  

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The sun is the largest and most sustainable energy source in the world. This star, which is about 15 million kilometers away from Earth, provides us with energy in the form of heat and light. When using solar energy, this energy from the sun is stored and used as a form of renewable energy, usually to generate power. Together with wind energy, hydropower and biomass, solar energy makes up 99.9% of all renewable energy on earth. Although the use of solar energy is not new, the term solar energy nowadays usually refers to the latest technologies that allow people to generate solar energy themselves. This can be done in two ways, with solar panels or with a solar water heater. Both are accessible to entrepreneurs and individuals alike.

Generate solar energy yourself with a solar carport or solar panels

In recent years, self-generation of solar energy in Europe has become increasingly popular. About 6 percent of Dutch households now have solar panels on their roof. That equates to about 400,000 homes. In addition, the electricity generated from solar panels in the Netherlands increased by a total of 40% last year, according to statistics from Statistics Netherlands( CBS). More and more people are choosing to generate their own power. Not a bad idea, because from 2050 the Netherlands must be CO2 neutral according to the current objective in the Climate Agreement. By 2050, all Dutch households and businesses must therefore be fully supplied with green electricity. Installing solar panels, a solar carport or a solar water heater is therefore a good option. Whether you want to generate solar energy as a private individual or entrepreneur, you contribute to a more sustainable world anyway. Plus, it’ll make your wallet happy, too. Your energy bill will be a lot lower and you will usually have recouped your investment within a few years. In addition, by generating (sustainable) electricity yourself, you are also less dependent on any electricity price increases. So it’s a win-win.

Generating solar energy as a private individual

Do you want to generate solar energy as a private individual? Then it must first be determined where exactly the panels will be located. You do this based on the available space and which side of your roof delivers the best yield. Usually this is south-facing. Are you thinking about installing solar panels? Then it is advisable to first check your roof on Zonatlas.nl.This is an initiative of Dutch municipalities. On the website, land registry data are combined with detailed height files of Rijkswaterstaat. As a result, the advice takes into account the location and angle of inclination of your roof, but also with shade from trees and chimneys, among other things. This way you can immediately see whether your roof is suitable for solar panels, but also where and how you can best install them. In addition, you can of course also ask an installer for advice. In any case, it is wise to call in an installer before installing solar panels. Some expertise is required for assembly, connection and installation.  

Generating renewable energy as an entrepreneur

The generation of renewable energy has also become more attractive for entrepreneurs in recent years. For example, companies can generate renewable energy by installing solar panels on an office building or by purchasing a solar carport in the company’s parking lot. Both have increased in popularity in recent years. From January 2023, every company larger than 100m2 must have at least energy label C. Installing solar panels or a solar carport is a good first step towards complying with the new energy legislation. In addition, if you opt for sustainable electricity, you are eligible for a number of tax advantages and government subsidies as an entrepreneur. An additional reason to opt for a sustainable parking space.

Solar energy and climate

These tax advantages and subsidies are, of course, given for a reason. Because, as we mentioned briefly, by generating solar energy you can contribute to a more sustainable world. Why is solar so good for the environment? Solar energy is good for the climate because less fossil fuels, such as oil, coal and gas, are consumed, so co2 emissions are significantly reduced. Moreover, fossil fuels are becoming increasingly scarce, which also means that prices are going up. Solar, on the other hand, never runs out. Renewable energy is unlimited and avoids harmful substances for the climate.For these reasons, it is becoming increasingly important to generate energy through solar panels, a solar carport or a solar water heater.

Energy yield

It is often thought that solar panels or a solar carport only provide power when the sun is actually shining. That’s a misconception, because solar panels can also just generate sun during clouds. This happens to a lesser extent, of course. To calculate your energy yield, kWh (kilowatt hours) per Wp (wattpeak) per year is a handy conversion factor. That is actually the power consumption or the yield per power of the solar panels. The most well-known factor is 0.85 kWh per Wp per year for a household with a south-facing roof. This depends on the location of the roof, the corner of the roof, the radiation disc and the shadows that fall on the roof.

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The energy transition in the Netherlands is in full swing, but the full potential is not yet being exploited. Especially in the field of solar panel energy generation, there is a lot of profit to be made by applying a smarter strategy, according to tno research. The Netherlands has the potential to generate up to twenty times as much solar energy as it does now, but this requires a more efficient approach.

Reduced support for sunbathing areas

Most solar panels in the Netherlands are realized today in sunbathing areas. This means that solar panels are installed on agricultural land. The reason for this is that the choice for the installation of solar panels is often left to the market. This puts a lot of pressure on support for solar panels. Local residents wonder why in-the-eye-jumping sunbathing areas are being built, while many roofs of, for example, commercial buildings remain unused.

However, the possibilities for installing solar panels are not limited to only commercial premises. Thinking out-of-the-box brings us to solar panels on sound barriers, cars, walls, roads and of course carport solar panels. At Amperapark we dive right into that hole: we provide carport solar panels (also called solar carports). With every installation of a carport with solar panels, we contribute to this national issue, and we are proud of that!

Empty company roofs

However, the tide has not turned: in the meantime, more and more sunbathing areas are coming instead of smart solutions. An article by the NIS shows that there are already 300 solar fields and 400 more are planned. A subsidy has also been granted for this.

Because of these solar panels, the discussion is heating up more and more. For example, residents in Nijmegen were outraged that ten thousand solar panels were placed in a meadow, while, for example, the company roofs in the neighborhood are still empty.

Inconspicuous solar panels in the landscape

The increasing objections to solar farms are at odds with the support that TNO believes is needed to achieve the climate goals. According to STATISTICS Netherlands, the total power generated by solar energy is currently over 10 gigawatts. TNO estimates that this could grow to 200 gigawatts by 2050. This will require the support base.

It is essential that solar panels are not placed ostentatiously, but rather integrate in an inconspicuous way into the existing landscape and cityscape. This requires smart solutions. Carport solar panels are a logical solution. After all, Carports are existing constructions that can be transformed relatively easily into solar carports. A carport with solar panels hits two birds with one stone: you can charge your car under your solar carport.

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Project start!

Commissioned by the Province of Overijssel, AmperaPark will make the visitor parking space of the Provinciehuis smart and sustainable. Our carports with solar panels can generate solar power and store it in batteries, demand-driven (fast) charging and easy checkout. Charging stations can also be reserved in advance: in this way we ensure cargo reliability and sustainable parking for all visitors and employees of the Provinciehuis.

Together with Schroeffundering Weenk and Heijmans under the guidance of the Municipality of Zwolle, the right circular screw foundation has been determined today.

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For many companies, it is quite a company to improve the energy label. However, it can be a lot simpler than you think by, for example, installing solar panels on the roof, a carport with solar panels or a green charging station for the electric car. In the coming years, improving the energy label of office buildings will become very important. The building decree, which was concluded in 2012, states that every office building of 100m2 or larger must have at least the energy label C. In 2030, that will even become energy label A.

The criteria for obtaining energy label C for your office building depend on three aspects:

In order to meet these criteria, the government also provides support in the form of financial and tax arrangements. For example, there are financial schemes for obtaining subsidies such as the Energy Investment Allowance (EIA) and the Investment Subsidy for Renewable Energy (ISDE). You can use the EIA to receive tax advantage for investments in renewable energy. You receive the ISDE when you invest in energy-saving installations, such as a carport with solar panels. For the exact criteria you can look at this page of RVO about the ISDE. Also, bodies such as CSR offer a lot of information about making your company more sustainable and offer opportunities to act as a facilitating role for possible collaborations and guiding innovation processes.

AmperaPark’s solar carports offer a suitable solution to the problem that many office buildings face: how do I achieve the energy label C as efficiently as possible? Many of the larger office buildings have an associated parking space. Parking spaces are probably not the first thing you think about when you want to make your office building more sustainable, but these offer an easy and non-invasive opportunity to achieve a better energy label.  

In addition, the AmperPark carports with solar panels are a perfect signboard for customers who have an affinity with sustainability and normally brighten up your normally grey parking space. Of course, the benefits are not only visual, you also save a lot of costs in the long term. With our Sun4Miles Tool you can calculate how much money and energy you can save annually when you choose to install a carport with solar panels. In the long term, therefore, the initial investment pays for itself.  

The energy will mainly be used for charging electric vehicles by providing the charging station for electric cars with electricity. Due to the construction of solar carports and an electric charging station for cars, you have a double advantage from your investment in achieving energy label C and with a robust base you are already strong when you switch to energy label A in 2030.

In the long term, the purchase of a solar carport therefore offers a lot of advantages, and you can recoup the investment in the long term through the constant supply of sustainable energy. The transformation from a normally grey parking space to a green and cheerful appearance can thus have a positive impact on both employees and customers. This way you can make a big impact in making your business premises more sustainable and it will be a lot easier to achieve the energy label C before 2023.

In recent months, solar farms have been built at a rapid pace in various locations in the Netherlands. The parks often consist of a large number of solar panels on farmland. Although the solar farms are a source of significant amounts of green energy, there is still a lot of criticism of this way of generating energy. Will we then see a green future without the much-discussed solar farms?

The criticism of solar farms

An article by the NIS makes it clear that not only citizens who live near a solar farm are highly critical of this, but that critical questions are also asked by experts. Wouter Veldhuis, National Advisor for the physical living environment, indicates that 60 solar farms have been added in the past year. Another 400 are planned for the coming years. In total, this covers an area of more than 28 square kilometers. By way of illustration, this area is equal to the size of the city of Leiden.  

Green subsidies abroad

Veldhuis believes that the subsidies on these large-scale projects should be stopped in order to prevent more plots of land from being filled with solar farms in the coming years. The subsidies should again be used for solar panels on roofs of homes and businesses.

Professor of Energy Transition Jan Rotmans also agrees. He points out that one of the problems lies in the high subsidies at solar farms. This makes it attractive for farmers to exchange their agricultural land for hectares with solar panels. For one hectare of land with solar panels, a farmer quickly receives € 5,000 per year. This amount is considerably higher than they would usually earn from agriculture.

Empty Dutch roofs

The result of the high subsidies is clearly visible: the Dutch home and company roofs are hardly covered with solar panels. In addition, the subsidies are rarely used for the installation of solar panels on roofs, but mainly for investments in solar farms. This leads to a situation in which foreign investors make money from the solar farms and benefit from the Dutch subsidies. For example, research by the AD showed that of the 33 largest solar farms in the Netherlands, 79% are foreign-owned. As a result, some 889 million euros of subsidy money will disappear abroad.

Alternative green solutions

Fortunately, there is also positive news. The Netherlands has about 2.5 billion square meters of hard surface area. By using this area, agricultural land no longer needs to be used. In addition, more and more alternatives are coming on the market to replace the solar fields. One of the best alternatives is perhaps the carport with solar panels. The main advantage of this is that existing areas can be used in different ways. This way you can not only park and charge your car, but at the same time green power is generated in the same place. Want to know more about this green charging station from AmperaPark? Take a look at the possibilities for your organization!

There is no denying that electric driving is the future. Sales of electric cars and scooters have been increasing exponentially for years, as have the number of charging points in the Netherlands. These positive figures make it an attractive investment for many investors. They see the charging station as a golden opportunity.

Exponential growth in electric mobility

The increase in sales of electric vehicles means that the number of charging points must also increase steadily. Not only in the Netherlands electric driving is increasing, electric vehicles are also popular in Norway, Iceland, Sweden and China. In 2019, the share of electric cars in these 5 countries was more than 1.5% of the total fleet. This makes the Netherlands one of the major players in the field of electric mobility.

Green energy on the stock exchange

The market capitalisation of companies producing charging stations also continues to increase. Although many charging station producers still make little to no profit, investors have expressed their confidence in this sector.

The Dutch market is therefore popular for many investors. At the moment, more than 20 percent of all new cars are fully electric. The rapid growth causes the number of electric cars per charging station to increase. In 2018, for example, there were 3.8 cars per charging station. By 2020, 4.5 cars would have to do with one charging station. The number of charging stations will therefore have to increase rapidly in order to meet demand in the future.

The charging station nearby and at work

If electric driving becomes accessible to a larger group of people, the charging station at work and in the neighbourhood will become increasingly important. After all, not everyone has room for a charging station in the driveway. Many investors therefore believe that the commercial charging points are a good investment.

The charging station at work also continues to play an important part in the demand for sustainable mobility opportunities. Amperapark’s solar panel carport offers the possibility to create green charging capacity in asphalted areas. In this way, space can be used twice. It offers a better alternative on the usual charging stations.

 

According to scientists at Aarhus University in Denmark, the time has come to invest quickly and massively to make the energy transition more cheap. This can be read in a study recently published in the journal Nature Communications. Aarhus University is one of the top 100 universities denmark knows and is known for their award-winning research and university studies, as well as in the field of clean energy.

Research method

The research ‘Early decarbonisation of the European energy system pays off’ examines the best financial way for the energy transition to take place in Europe. For example, a cumulative carbon budget of 33 GtCO2 for the European electricity, heating and transport sectors is assumed between 2020 and 2050.

The scientists used a supercomputer that was filled with detailed data on the European power grid. Thanks to all the data entered, the scientists were able to create models for the production of electricity, heating and fuel. For example, it was measured how much energy one needs in order to be able to supply all inhabitants with sufficient energy throughout the year.

Question

The Danish scientists asked themselves the following question: What is the cheapest and easiest way to comply with the Paris Agreement? The objective of this agreement is to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The energy transition is an important aspect of this. Among other things, the university investigated the results that could be achieved with the use of nuclear energy and energy from wind, solar and hydropower.  

In addition, they examined the following two scenarios:

  1. Start up energy transition en masse and then let it run steadily
  2. Slow start-up and as 2050 approaches, accelerate

Marta Victoria, assistant professor of Engineering and energy expert at Aarhus University, explains this further: “We looked at what energy transition we need to achieve the 2050 goal, using the carbon budget.”

Carbon budget

One of the important aspects of the carbon budget is emissions trading. Emissions trading is emissions trading. These give the right to emit a certain amount of greenhouse gases. Applicants and suppliers trade in allowances and thus a CO2 price is established. The permitted amount of emissions is gradually reduced. By 2020, emissions from sectors covered by the EU ETS (Emmission Trade System) should be 21% lower than in 2005. The European Commission has proposed that emissions should be reduced by 43% by 203. With this market instrument, the EU aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a cost-effective way.

Conclusion

According to Victoria and her team, the model makes it clear that the sooner you start, the cheaper the solution eventually becomes. “Ambitious in the short term,” says Marta Victoria. In addition, they see solar energy and wind on land and at sea as the cheapest building block to have a fully CO2 free energy system by 2050. They stress that over the next 30 years, considerable use is required on wind and solar energy.

Conditions for success

In order to achieve climate neutrality, a lot more solar and wind power plants will have to be built. In a few years, these plants will have to produce more than 100 gigawatts of clean energy to make the energy transition cheaper. In several places, however, wind and solar systems encounter resistance from municipalities and citizens. The implementation of new technologies and techniques will therefore have to make a significant contribution to accelerating the energy transition.

A short sprint gives you a head start

The research shows that a rapid and powerful switch to new technologies will save money of some €350 billion in the long term. The faster reduction of the available carbon budget can also make a positive contribution to accelerating the energy transition. Although the energy transition remains a major challenge, the commitment to an initial acceleration paints a positive picture for the future!

Want to know more about how AmperaPark contributes to the energy transition? Read more about our sustainable solutions such as our green charging station and the carport with solar panels.

 

 

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