Solar roads

By |  November 14, 2014

A Dutch company offered a glimpse into the future of road building when it unveiled the first solar road, a 230-ft.-long bike path in the Netherlands that’s made up of concrete modules with solar cells.

According to CNN, the path, which is located in Krommenie, the Netherlands, is covered with a thin layer of tempered glass that absorbs energy that can be used to power street and traffic lights or households. The bike path will be tested for three years before additional solar roads are developed.

The company that developed the solar path is SolaRoad.

“SolaRoad is a world first that will put the Netherlands on the map as a leader in sustainable innovation,” says Henk Kamp, the Dutch minister of economic affairs.

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