Last year, the Netherlands made headlines when the world's first solar road was built. It is an energy-harvesting bike path that is paved with glass-coated solar panels. Six months into the trial run, engineers state that the path is generating 3,000 kWh, which is enough electricity to power a small household for a year. So imagine, for a moment, if all roads were coated in these solar panels. This could be a partial solution for fossil-fuel consumption. Engineers spent five years creating this system with a focus on durability.
From an aesthetic standpoint, the roads are also beautiful. Designed to be a reflection of Van Gogh's "Starry Night," the road is as mesmerizing as it is practical.