First Solar Path Opens, Future Of Solar Roads Unclear
The first solar road is now a reality in the Netherlands, but the concept has been maligned by critics who say it's unrealistic.By Sebastian Martinez | November 13, 2014
The first solar bike lane in the world is up and running in the Netherlands, but the jury is kind of still out on solar roads.
A group called SolaRoad officially opened the bike lane Wednesday in the small town of Krommenie. It measures in at a mere 230 feet because it's actually just a prototype. (Video via RTV N-H)
Solar cells are sandwiched between a concrete base and a glass covering, which is textured to provide traction for the bike wheels. The cells generate power, which is then fed into the grid. (Video via SolaRoad)