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