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Dutch launch solar panel bike path project near Amsterdam

New scheme will see Amsterdam bike path transformed into a 'Solaroad'.
New scheme will see Amsterdam bike path transformed into a ‘Solaroad’. Image by orse / CC BY-SA 2.0

A new project to turn a bike path into a solar panel canvas has started this week not far from Amsterdam. ‘Solaroad’ involves large models of solar panels being laid on a bike path, which will be covered with heavy-duty glass to protect it. 50-70 kilowatt hours of energy per year will be generated by each square metre of road, according to an engineer from the firm TNO. Read more: skift.com