Imagine a road or a path that generates solar power. It has been done. Dutch company SolaRoad created a 70-metre test track along a bike path on the outskirts of Amsterdam.
Cheap mass-produced solar panels were sandwiched between layers of glass, silicon rubber & concrete. The solar path generated over 3,000-kwh over a 6-month period.
The surface of the path is strong enough to cope with the weight of a 12-tonne truck. 150,000 plus cyclists have ridden over this solar path during the 6-month test period. If a solar panel is damaged or covered it will automatically switch off while the remainder of the panels continue to work as usual. See – http://bit.ly/1dVyDm9
I think this is brilliant & can only hope this kind of paths & road surface becomes the norm.
You can watch a short video of the solar path here – http://bit.ly/1Hev1YW