If you’re worried about peak oil, we have some good news for you. The first solar road is producing more energy than expected.
Solar roads are just what they sound like: roads embedded with solar panels. This test road in the Netherlands is proving to be productive and durable. Hopefully this will help bring about a decentralized power grid, so we’re not as reliant on our current, vulnerable system and foreign oil.
The 230-foot stretch of road, which is embedded with solar cells that are protected by two layers of safety glass, is built for bike traffic, a use that reflects the road’s environmentally-friendly message and the cycling-heavy culture of the Netherlands. However, the road could withstand heavier traffic if needed, according to one of the project’s developers.
So far, about 150,000 cyclists have ridden over the road. Arian de Bondt, director of Ooms Civiel, one of the companies working on the project, said that the developers were working on developing solar panels that could withstand large buses and vehicles.
What do you think about solar roads? Too good to be true or wave of the future? Let us know in the comments.