Dutch City of Groningen Rolls Out Innovative Solar Footpath

Solar power is on the “way”


The Dutch city of Groningen has taken a major step towards sustainable living with the inauguration of a solar footpath project. Platio Solar, a Hungarian company, has developed a new solar footpath technology that generates electricity from recycled plastic waste. This revolutionary product has the potential to make a significant impact on sustainability efforts in Europe and around the world.

The project is a part of the city’s effort to transition towards clean energy and reduce carbon emissions. With the installation of the footpath, the city aims to promote eco-friendly living and set an example for other communities to follow. The company has received financial support from the Solar Energy Technology Recycling Research, Development, and Demonstration Program for this innovative project.


Europe's new solar footpath from recycled plastic waste


This initiative has been made possible with the support of University of Groningen, which has been at the forefront of developing new technologies in the solar field. The university’s labs in Groningen have been working on various projects to improve the efficiency of solar cells. The solar footpath has several unique features that make it an appealing option for public spaces. It is cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and requires minimal maintenance. The footpath can generate electricity that can be used to power nearby
buildings and infrastructure. The 400m2 solar walkway is a sustainable walkway created using 2544 PLATIO solar pavers (an innovative energy-generating paving system) that produces approximately 53,000 kWh of electricity per year.





As the world begins to acknowledge the threat of climate change and its impact, it is crucial for cities and communities to take proactive measures towards sustainability. The solar footpath project in Groningen serves as an inspiring example of how renewable energy can be integrated into everyday life.


With continued support and investment, Groningen could become one of the model cities for sustainable living. For more information on the city’s initiatives and progress, visit the site of Groningen.

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