The town of Krommenie in the Netherlands has officially opened the SolaRoad – a bike lane made up of solar-powered cells that will generate power for traffic lights, houses, electric cars and street lights.
Biking on the lane will not create power, but the cells making up the lane soak up the sun to generate energy. This concept creates an energy source out of a road surface which is exposed to the sun daily.
The idea was developed in a cycle lane as biking is a large form of Dutch transportation, it also holds less weight than a typical road or highway which make it easier for the idea to be tested and altered where needed.
Over 3.5 million euros was invested in this project.
Article written by D Mulhern