A short stretch of the bike path connecting the city’s suburbs of Krommenie and Wormerveer has been embedded with solar panels that could potentially produce enough electricity to power three houses.
Constructed by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) at a cost of some €3.5 million ($4.4 million), the SolaRoad is around 100 metres (328 feet) long, and comprises concrete modules of 2.5 by 3.5 metres (8 feet by 11.5 feet), with solar cells laid under a glass top in one direction. In the other direction, different kinds of top layers have been added.
U.S. startup Solar Roadways has also been testing out the concept. Idaho couple Julie and Scott Brusaw converted their parking lot into solar-panelled units, and have raised around $2.2 million thanks to a viral YouTube video. They expect their first public installation will be ready by next spring.
Full article here.