The world's first solar cycle path generates more energy than expected

It has been a year since world’s first solar panel cycle path, in Krommenie (Netherlands). It was an investment of 3 million euros. The results surprised even the designers. Last year, the 70-meter-long solar cycle path generated 9,800 kWh – enough to supply three houses. People behind SolaRoad they hope the success of the bike path will inspire more cities to embrace the idea and find another way to produce cheap renewable energy.



This solar cycle path offers other services in addition to producing electricity, such as signage and lighting, as well as heating it to prevent the formation of ice caps in winter.

The apps for sidewalks, roads, bike paths all over the world are amazing. While rooftop solar panels are currently the cheapest to build and can generate more energy than their terrestrial cousins, the designers at SolaRoad are convinced that integrating these systems into existing infrastructure is the way. to be continued. It is estimated that the solar cycle path will pay off in 15 years – and during these years, technology will have progressed enormously.


The possibilities of recharging electric cars and storing solar energy in local grids are the next step. The SolaRoad team has already started the adjustment process after the pilot experience, developing new and improved layers for the panels.


And how is the public reacting? Sten de Wit of the SolaRoad consortium tells us “Most people don’t even realize the difference from a conventional cycle path. This is exactly what we want to achieve: roads that perform their function adequately, while generating solar energy. “


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After the company figures, we can’t help but think that while the idea may appeal to us because of the affinity we all have for renewables, we have many other more effective ideas for placing solar panels, always believing that they can be the most efficient. as much as possible and generate as much electricity as possible.