Nukewatch Quarterly Winter 2014
“SolaRoad,” a project that tests road surfaces as a means of collecting solar energy, started in November in Holland with 230 feet of a bike path in the town of Krommenie, near Amsterdam.
The path is built of Lego-like solar panels set in concrete and shielded with glass. Sten de Wit of the engineering firm TNO said Nov. 11 that every square meter of road generated 50 to 70 kilowatt-hours of energy per year, or enough for the initial strip to supply power to one or two Dutch households. The test is scheduled to run for three years and cost 3 million euros or about $3.7 million. Mr. De Wit said successor projects may be even more profitable as solar cells grow cheaper and more efficient.
— AP, New York Times, Nov. 12, 2014