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Come Saturday Morning: In Which I Call Out The Solar Skeptics

If you’ve been following the Solar Roadways story for any length of time, you’ve probably encountered skeptics of various kinds, all saying variations of the same skeptical themes: It won’t collect much energy, it’s too pricey, road surfaces can never be good solar collectors, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

And all the while, not one but two Dutch concerns have been proving them wrong.

Here’s the first one, a bike-path project called “SolaRoad“:

SolaRoad is a pioneering innovation in the field of energy harvesting. It is a unique concept, which converts sunlight on the road surface into electricity: the road network works as an inexhaustible source of green power. SolaRoad is sustainable and can be used in practice in many different ways.

SolaRoad was officially opened on November 12th 2014.

But, you say, that’s just a measly bike path. Nobody’s yet planning on doing anything that involves having cars driving on solar panels (aside from those unrealistic freaks at Solar Roadways, of course).

Au contraire, mon frere! Check this out from Studio Roosegaarde, creators of the Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Bicycle Path:

Smart Highways are interactive and sustainable roads of tomorrow by designer Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure. The goal is to make smart roads by using light, energy and road signs that interact with the traffic situation.

Glowing Lines are lines that charge at day-time, and glow at night for eight hours. The first road has been realised, and will be further launched international.

The recent Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path is made of thousands twinkling stones inspired by ‘Starry Night’. The path combines innovation with cultural heritage in the city of Nuenen NL, the place where Van Gogh lived in 1883.

New designs include Dynamic Paint, Interactive Light, Induction Priority Lane and Road Printer.

The collaboration between Roosegaarde and Heijmans is a true example of innovative industries. The design and interactivity from Studio Roosegaarde and the craftsmanship of Heijmans are fused into one common goal: innovation of the Dutch landscape.

Heh heh heh.

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