Netherlands Builds World’s First SolaRoad

Nov 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm |

The Netherlands has undergone building the world’s first solar bike lane. The project will cost €3 million and will run 70 meters throughout the Amsterdam suburbs of Krommenie and Wormerveer.

The road is made up of rows of crystalline silicon solar cells that are embedded in the concrete– covered with a translucent layer of tempered glass.

The path will be the first solar-powered roadway ever to undergo construction. Public use of the roadway is planned for November 12th, 2014.

By 2016, the local government wishes to extend the path to 100 metres. Also, the path is intended to power everything from traffic lights to electric cars using solar panels.While the path is capable of producing enough energy to power three homes, it is 30% less efficient than roof-mounted solar panels.

According to the Solar Roadways website:

If all the roads in the US were converted to solar roadways, the Solar Roadways website claims, the country would generate three times as much energy as it currently uses and cut greenhouse gases by 75 percent.”

Watch the video by the two US engineers, Idaho couple Julie and Scott Brusaw, to learn more about how awesome SolaRoads are!

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