The cycling haven that is the Netherlands ushered in another pedal-powered transportation innovation this week with the opening of the world’s first solar bike path. Solar cells are built directly into the path itself in the public road outside Amsterdam. Though the flat surface of the road yields about 30% less energy than the tilted cells on rooftops, the amount of road surface area throughout the Netherlands far outweighs usable roof space. Developers hope this is the first of many solar roads not just in the Netherlands but worldwide.
Dutch Solar Bike Path Opens