Solar bike paths may power up cities

Dutch pilot project to turn roads into solar panels generates more power than expected

Photo by: SolaRoad
Photo by: SolaRoad

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A public-private pilot project integrating solar panels into a bike lane in Krommenie, Netherlands yielded 3,000 kWh in six months, corresponding to 70kWh per square meter per year.

"We did not expect a yield as high as this so quickly,” says Sten de Wit, spokesman of SolaRoad, the joint name for the project between Dutch Noord-Holland province and TNO, Ooms Civiel and Imtech engineering firms.

“The bike road opened half a year ago and already generated over 3,000 kWh. This can provide a single-person household with electricity for a year, or power an electric scooter to drive 2.5 times around the world.”

The Seventy meter cycle path is constructed from 2.5 to 3.5 meter concrete modules. Solar cells are put under a hardened layer of glass with a transparent and skid resistant coating.

So far the solar bike path has attracted more than 150 thousand cyclists and the three-year project is expected to cost around €3.5 million.

TRTWorld and agencies