Experiment into solar cycle paths has worked even better than expected, say engineers.
The 70m long path converts sunlight into electricity in the town of Krommenie, 25 kilometres from Amsterdam. Called SolaRoad, the pilot installation is 70 metres in length, using modules measuring 2.5 metres by 3.5 metres. Each module has a solar panel beneath a 1 centimetre thick layer of tempered glass, said to be able to withstand the weight of a Truck. The test is also trying out various kinds of texture for the panel surface.
Six months into the trial, the engineers say the test bike path is generating 3,000 kWh, or enough electricity to power a small household for a year.