The worlds first solar bike path has open in the Netherlands. The 70 metre path is a pilot of a new technology called SolaRoad, and the plan is to roll out the technology over a larger number of bike paths and roads.
A full 100 metre stretch of the path, due to be completed in 2016, will be able to generate enough electricity to power three homes.
The path has been created by a series of blocks, each consisting of a concrete base with embedded solar cells, and covered with a tempered glass surface. The blocks are set on a slight angle to ensure that water and dirt runoff the surface – keeping it clean and ensuring the efficiency of the solar power generation.
More information on Solaroad can be found here.