Solar PV hits the road!
It seems getting on your bike could be more than just good for your health. A public solar photovoltaic cycle lane has opened in the Netherlands as part of a pilot scheme that could generate enough electricity to power two or three average households annually!
The path, which measures 100m, located between Krommenie and Wormerveer is proving popular school children and commuters with some 2,000 cyclists using its two lanes on an average day.
Largely funded by the local authority, the lanes feature rows of solar photovoltaic crystalline silicon solar cells, encased with concrete and covered with a translucent layer of tempered glass. A non-adhesive finish and a slight tilt enable rain to wash off any dirt, ensuring maximum exposure to sunlight. The solar cells are also pretty durable carrying the weight of heavy vehicles such as tractors.
Beyond the pilot scheme, it has been suggested that up to 20 per cent of the Netherlands’ 140,000km of road could be adapted to power traffic lights and electric cars.
Further claims include that if all roads in the US convert to solar roadways the country would generate three times as much energy as it currently uses and cut greenhouse gases by a whopping 75 per cent!
Developments such as this make us very excited at Logic4training, by turning essentials such as our roads, into multi-functional renewable electricity generators, lots of carbon free energy can be produced without any need for additional space. Let’s hope the pilot in the Netherlands is just the start of things to come!