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Netherlands to Pave Streets With Solar

Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at 4:49 pm by Solar Energy USA

From Deutsche Welle:

Paving the streets of the Netherlands with solar panels will kick off with a trial in the small town of Krommenie, 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Amsterdam, next year.

The city lane opposite the town’s train station will be covered with 100 meters (328 feet) of solar panels.

Until now, solar panels have been placed in locations with no other purpose than to extract energy from the sun. This is about to change.

“Solar energy is a rather diffused energy source and you need a lot of area to use it. And these roads, this is some space we already use,” said Sten de Wit, a project manager at the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) that came up with the idea.

“There is a lot of area covered with roads. If you compare the amount of rooftops in the Netherlands and the amount of area that is covered with roads it’s approximately twice as big,” he added.

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