World’s First Solar Road Opens In The Netherlands

By: | November 17th, 2014

This past summer IndustryTap wrote “Solar-Powered ‘Smart’ Roads Would Turn the World’s Transportation Network into a Massive Power Plant” in which husband and wife team designed a solar road and raised $980,000 and an additional $2.2 million from Indiegogo.

This week, engineers in the the Dutch town of Krommenie, Netherlands, laid down components of what they believe is the world’s first solar road. The road is part of a bike path and a total of 230 feet long. Its manufacturer, Solaroad, will use the new installation for testing.

The road is made of concrete modules covered with a thin layer of tempered glass and the energy produced will be used to power road signs, lamps and possibly nearby buildings.

At the opening Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp said, “SolaRoad is a world first that will put the Netherlands on the map as a leader in sustainable innovation.”

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David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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