Last week and the week before, on the subject of transport, we talked about electric vehicles. Today it’s about cyclists. Unfortunately this story happened in the Netherlands, but lets hope it’ll give our country some creative inspiration on generating more solar power in our cities.
A 70 metre long cycle path connecting two suburbs in Amsterdam will have solar panels embedded in the surface. To ensure the panels will receive plenty of sunlight, the panels will be slightly tilted so that the rain water and dirt can wash off easily. It has cost the local authority €3m, that’s equivalent to £2.4m to create this great renewable energy producing path. Furthermore, these solar panels have been tested to see if they can carry heavy vehicles such as lorries and tractors. As the outcome was successful, there is a good possibility that more roads in the Netherlands will be covered in solar panels which will be used to power traffic lights, street lamps, etc.
This is the world’s first solar bicycle path, on average 2000 cyclists use the path everyday, this includes both commuters and schools children. In 2016, the path will be extended from 70 metres to 100 metres, with the hope that it’ll generate enough energy to power three homes. Lets hope other countries can take on this idea too.