New Dutch solar road serves as successful example of sustainability
After building a bike path of solar panels near Amsterdam, Dutch authorities succeeded in generating a substantial amount of clean power to be directed into the Netherlands' energy grid.
In a period of six months, SolaRoad, the world's first bike track made from solar panels, generated 3,000 kilowatt-hours, which is equal to powering a one-person household for a whole year.
But it wasn't easy to build the 70-meter-long track, since architects had to compromise between making it translucent to absorb enough sunlight and making sure it's durable.
The smart highway prototype also needs to be skid-free for safety and dirt repellent to allow sun rays to be absorbed.
This technology, although pricier than usual, pays back to the city over time.
Solar roadways could be an effective path toward sustainability.
Solar energy is an important movement to get behind because it cuts down the fossil fuels we currently have to burn in order to create energy and brings the world one step closer to end climate change.
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