The rapid pace of technological development transforms human lives into something that was once unimaginable. Nearly all gadgets have advanced computer operating systems, from smart phones to smart TVs and now… smart roadways?!
Developed by The Netherlands Organization of Applied Scientific Research, together with Imtech, Ooms Civiel and the Province of North Holland, SolaRoad is the world’s first bike path made from solar panels. This prototype was created to test the possibility of creating smart highways. Located in Krommenie, Netherlands, this path was formally opened in November 14, 2014 by the Dutch Ministry of Energy Henk Kamp.
The spokesman of SolaRoad Sten De Wit said, “The energy yield of SolaRoad is beyond expectation. We did not expect a yield as high as this so quickly.” He also added, “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 of 2.5 times around the world.”
Learn more about this pioneering innovation by watching this 1-minute video.
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