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World’s First-Ever Solar Cycle Lane To Convert Sunlight into Electricity

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The Netherlands’ minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp and Elisabeth Post of the North Holland Provincial Executive biked into the future on November 12, officially opening SolaRoad with an inaugural ride along the solar cycle lane on modern e-bikes.

Solar energy generated by the road can be used to power anything from street lighting to traffic lights, electric cars using the road and even households. Over the coming three years various measurements and tests will be carried out to develop SolaRoad further. The first test results since the cycle path was first taken into use on 24 October are according to expectations: some 140 kWh of electricity was generated by this first stretch of SolaRoad.

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