South Korean Bike Highway Has 30km Solar Roof

A ‘bike highway’ running between Daejon and Sejong in South Korea is a sight – or rather, a concept – you surely haven’t thought of before: it stretches for 32km, and it not only shields cyclists from the sun but also generates power at the same time.

It’s true that a bicycle lane in the centre of a highway is an unusual location for one, especially with three lanes of traffic on either side of it, yet it works.

The image shows a highway with a row of solar panels traveling down the median, and underneath them, a protected bike lane. Protecting and encouraging bike travel while gathering clean energy at the same time? Sounds like a win for everybody.

In 2022, South Korea announced plans for a clean energy future that involve converting its current usage of renewable energy sources from 15%, where usage stands now, to 40% by 2034.

Although coal power accounts for 40% of the country’s total energy usage (as of August 2022), the South Korean government has undertaken several initiatives to bring that number down, including introducing a carbon tax, stopping financing of overseas coal plants, and building charging stations for electric vehicles.

In addition, the capital city of Seoul has made a major push to ramp up the usage of solar panels.

very neat and they estimated the solar panels could power about 500 homes.”

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