The Netherlands becomes first country to install solar-collecting pathway

By Shawn Knight · 20 replies
Nov 5, 2014
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  1. The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research is putting the finishing touches on a section of bike path connecting two Amsterdam suburbs. Once complete, the 230-foot stretch of path will be the first in the world to double as a...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,016   +1,318

    I wonder how much it cost and how much electricity it'll save. Considering solar panels on rooftops aren't cost effective, I doubt that attaching them to cement and tempered glass is any better. Especially if they're next to a row of trees.
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  3. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Evangelist Posts: 870   +393

    I am 100% for new ideas that produce/save/conserve power, but at the cost, I think this is 100% ridiculous.
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  4. Xtreme gamer

    Xtreme gamer TS Enthusiast Posts: 59   +13

    On rooftops works perfectly in Australia. Every 1 in 3 houses I see have them around here.
  5. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Evangelist Posts: 870   +393

    they may "work" perfectly but horrible at actually being cost effective. takes about 25-30 years to pay for themselves.
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  6. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 5,199   +4,302

    Not to mention the impact local climate has on returns.
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  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,451   +4,337

    And if they last 25-30 years, think of all the man hours that were saved in maintenance alone. And that is not to mention the fuel savings. The sooner we can go all solar the better, regardless of how much it cost.
  8. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Evangelist Posts: 870   +393

    while I agree with the overall "we should" part, noone would use them for the full 25-30 years. In 10 years, the new ones due to new design and technology will be (allegedly) 100%-500% for effeciant. This mean people will rip the old ones out and they will go to the dump since the cost of the new ones will be (alleged) 50%-90% cheaper to make and will outweigh the cost/install factor of the old ones. I am not saying people "shouldn't" buy them, I just know I won't be for at least another 10 years.
  9. LOL, lot of marihuana again.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,451   +4,337

    Assuming there is a market for them to begin with. Everything has to start somewhere. I don't like the high cost any more than you do. If we are going to have buildings and walkways, we might as well have them collecting solar energy for us. That is instead of trashing all the nearest fields with solar panels, wind turbines, and production plants.

    Besides you can't really look at the expense of this initial project as it is more an experiment, to so how they will function before continuing to expand country wide.
  11. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,529   +1,059

    Wasn't this featured a couple months ago? O_o

    I could swear you already made an article about this.
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,451   +4,337

    You are probably thinking of this article. - Solar Roadways ...
  13. Timmsh

    Timmsh TS Rookie

    This is r
    The research value is the main benefit here. That's why they also plant trees around it, just like a normal bicycle path in the Netherlands.

    I think there is a lot of potential in solar energy in the long run, the only thing stopping us is the costs for development, because it's not short term beneficent.
    These experiments need to be done in order to integrate it in society, that's why I love this kind of projects.
  14. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,696   +165

    Solar idea always looks good on paper, fuel cell idea works and can power your entire home for less. But again it has to be maintain. Electric Companies are not going to give you what you want to get off their power grid system. If every house made it's own electricity who would loose. Well the Electric Companies can't milk us anymore.
  15. RebelFlag

    RebelFlag TS Addict Posts: 153   +84

    With the top of it being glass, I am wondering how slippery it will be when it is wet.
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  16. Charbo

    Charbo TS Rookie

    I wouldn't look at it from an economical perspective, but more from a scientific research perspective. It produces ridiculously expensive electricity... so what!? The first personal computers were ridiculously expensive and couldn't do much. Progress and research costs money, sometimes a lot! Bravo to this team.

    Efficiency might not be there yet (as with any solar cell technology, really...), but it will come, it will come.
  17. Xtreme gamer

    Xtreme gamer TS Enthusiast Posts: 59   +13

    Sounds like it's not cost effective in your countries.
    We have high price per kw and we get govt rebates for solar.
    It's a great option here.
    I just try to use my gadgets during the day.
    Feels good knowing that it's free. (Sort of)
  18. Reachable

    Reachable TS Maniac Posts: 253   +114

    It should also be remembered that the $3.74 million also pays for 326 feet of roadway. Still an expensive project, but as mentioned before, an experiment.
  19. dkbroadband

    dkbroadband TS Rookie Posts: 25

    What if they invent something twice as efficient in 2 years? All of these cells will be obsolete then…
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  20. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,451   +4,337

    What do you suggest? Waiting the next two centuries, in hopes there is something more efficient around the corner.
  21. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,529   +1,059

    Specially when innovation ussualy comes from mainstream technologies.

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