Pilot projects

Brightlands Chemelot Campus

Field-tests with SolaRoad in light-traffic applications are being performed in collaboration with the European Rolling Solar consortium and partners of SolaRoad, which will be carrying out a pilot at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen (Netherlands) in cooperation with Hogeschool Zuyd.

In the Interreg EMR project “Rolling Solar” seven research entities and eleven companies collaborate on the development and demonstration of PV-integrated road elements and road infrastructure, to generate electricity from sunlight without additional use of land while hiding the technology from sight. A full partner list can be found on www.rollingsolar.nl.
With financial support of the European Union it is explored and demonstrated how integration of photovoltaics in public road infrastructure can be made economically viable to generate durable energy without affecting primary functions for transport. This project aims to reduce cost by using flexible thin film solar sheets and by a more effective and reliable integration of the solar cells. Partners along the value chain from PV production up to installation and grid connection explore and demonstrate innovative approaches in close collaboration with regional research institutes.
The project Rolling Solar is executed within the framework of the Interreg program Euregio Maas Rijn (ROLLING SOLAR | Interreg Euregio Meuse-Rhine). It is financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and also financially supported by the provinces of Noord Brabant (NL), of Flemish Brabant and Limburg, and of Liège (B), and by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.


Spijkenisse (NL)

  • Officially opened on 7 March 2019
  • Road authority: Province of Zuid-Holland
  • Contractor: Strukton Civiel
  • Type of road: bus lane
  • Length: 100m
  • Electricity is delivered to the grid
  • First insights heavy-traffic pilot (Dutch)
  • Status: dismantled

Haarlemmermeer (NL)

  • Officially opened on 7 March 2019
  • Road authority: Province of Noord-Holland
  • Contractor: Strukton Civiel
  • Type of road: parallel road with heavy traffic
  • Length: 50m, additional 50m is planned for 2020
  • Electricity is delivered to the grid
  • First insights heavy-traffic pilot (Dutch)
  • Status: dismantled

Haaksbergen (NL)

  • Realisation 2018
  • Road authority: Municipality of Haaksbergen
  • Contractor: Strukton Civiel
  • Type of road: bike road
    Length: 10m
  • Electricity is used for public lighting of industrial area Stepelerveld
  • Status: operational

The municipality of Haaksbergen has the ambition to develop Stepelerveld into the greenest industrial area in The Netherlands. Only sustainable products are used to build the infrastructure in the area. SolaRoad is one of the sustainable applications in this development. A SolaRoad kit powers the public lighting in the area.


Blauwestad (NL)

  • Realisation 2017
  • Road authority: Province of Groningen
  • Contractor: Strukton Civiel
  • Type of road: bike road
    Length: 10m
  • Powers ‘STOPcontact’, a stand-alone system with a battery and a charging point for e-bikes, phones and tablets.
  • Status: operational

The STOPcontact is a multi-functional bench, constructed from a number of smart and green products. The bench has four sockets to charge e.g. electric bikes, phones, or tablets. The electricity is generated by a SolaRoad kit in the bike road along the bench. The electricity generated by SolaRoad can be stored in a number of batteries next to the bench. STOPcontact is an example how the province of Groningen stimulates the use of innovative, clean and safe energy sources.


Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port and Etampes (FR)

  • Realisation 2017
  • Contractor: Charier
  • Type of road: bike road
  • Total length: 15m
  • Electricity is used for public lighting
  • Status: operational

The French village Etampes, near Paris, has a bike road with a SolaRoad section to power the pubic lighting along the road. The bike road is located in a rocky area where ground works are expensive. The application of SolaRoad offers the possibility to locally and robustly generate electricity for the public lighting, while avoiding a costly grid connection. In La Clarté two SolaRoad-elements have been applied, which power the lighting of a roundabout.


Krommenie (NL)

  • Realisation 2014-2016
  • Road authority: Province of Noord-Holland
  • Contractor: Strukton Civiel
  • Type of road: bike road
  • Length: 90m
  • Electricity is delivered to the grid
  • Status: dismantled

The SolaRoad pilot project in the bike road next to the N203 in Krommenie was opened in 2014. The world’s first public road with integrated solar cells. The SolaRoad section is 90 meter long and 1,7 meter wide. During the pilot multiple versions of the solar pavement have been applied and tested, to test different coating technologies, solar module designs and cell types.

For more information see Factsheet results Krommenie (in Dutch)