For the first time in the world, flexible solar cells have been installed on a crash barrier. It is a stretch of 72 meters on a crash barrier next to the provincial road N194 near Heerhugowaard. It is a test with flexible foil with solar cells. With this pilot, research institute Solliance (based at High Tech Campus Eindhoven) and the province of North Holland are investigating whether energy can be generated in a safe and sustainable manner for road lighting and matrix boards, or for supply to the electricity grid. The trial lasts a year.

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