Worlds first public solar road

The worlds first public solar road will be officially opened on the 12th November in Amsterdam.

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The 70m stretch of cycle path provides enough power for 3 households – a modest achievement and at €3 (£2.4) million it’s going to have a very long pay back time. Consider though, the inflated cost of every road development. Additionally this endeavour is principle proving and aims to show that it can be done and costs will reduce as take up increases as with all technology.

The idea is simple; solar cells are encased in concrete and covered in tempered glass. The glass is non-adhesive and at a slight tilt so that it remains free if contaminants. The technology has been shown to support heavy vehicles and so will be able to support heavier vehicles.

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Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (www.treethinker.org); a business converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally as well as providing education on organic and permaculture techniques. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (www.etymologyotd.com).

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