The solar road is doing even better than expected!
As we reported several months ago, a bike trail in Amsterdam was fitted with an operational solar roadway. Now a new press release has indicated that the solar road is working out even better than expected, and generating even more energy than expected.
Sten de Wit, spokesman of SolaRoad, said that the road has far exceeded their expectations.
“We did not expect a yield as high as this so quickly. The bike road opened half a year ago and already generated over 3,000 kWh. This can provide a single-person household with electricity for a year, or power an electric scooter to drive of 2.5 times around the world. If we translate this to an annual yield, we expect more than the 70 kWh per square meter per year, which we predicted as an upper limit in the laboratory stage. We can therefore conclude that it was a successful first half year,” he said.
In addition to providing energy, the panels also work as a road surface. Since the opening, more than 150.000 cyclists crossed SolaRoad.
It all started with Scott and Julie Brusaw who created the one-of-a-kind road surface using solar panels in 2010.
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.