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Will we Soon Drive on Solar Roadways?

When we sit back and take a good look around, we see that many companies are now developing new products, buildings, and roads for a more sustainable world. Companies are now concentrating on sustainable technologies such as electric airplanes and cars. Furthermore, companies now produce more energy-efficient products for our homes. Everyone around the world now realizes that we need to meet the world’s energy requirements without depleting more of our natural resources.  

Now we can add to the large collection of sustainable projects which include sustainable buildings, as well as electric cars and planes. The new SolaRoad is the latest project to generate energy. The SolaRoad is a 70-meter-long pathway in Krommenie, Netherlands. They installed the road last November to test if it’s possible to generate electricity while being used daily by pedestrians and bicycle commuters. Currently, this new sustainable solar power pathway has performed way beyond the company’s expectations.   

The road opened last November and has attracted more than 150,000 bike riders. In the first six months, the road generated 3,000 kilowatt-hours of energy. This is enough electricity to power a one-person home for a year. The solar road is predominately concrete. However, the interesting part of this road is the 70-meters of silicon solar panels that are protected by safety glass. The company chose the special glass for the project because of its anti-skid properties. 

However, since the 3-year project opened in November of last year there have been a few minor issues. Certain areas in the path have delaminated because of temperature changes. The company needed to recoat these areas to protect the solar panels. Even though there have been a few minor complications the road has been judged a success for generating power.

Currently, the company’s using the SolaRoad to test various coatings for larger projects.The solar cells lay underneath a tempered glass top layer to prevent damage. The solar electricity generated from this road feeds into the electricity grid to power the street lights and traffic systems. Furthermore, the success of this project has led to other projects around the globe. In Idaho, they are currently designing the Solar Roadways that will one day replace conventional roadways with solar panels.  

This video will tell you about Solar Roadways and what we might see very soon across America.

Image: flickr.com

Awan Cheyanne

About Awan Cheyanne

Awan is a technical engineer, freelance blogger and hobbyist.

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