On 8 April 2014, the European Commission awarded a grant to the Solar Highways project. The first prototypes are now ready and will be submitted to comprehensive testing . Rijkswaterstaat has started with an invitation to tender to the market for the further development and realisation of the barrier and decide on a location. The barrier should be installed and operational by the end of 2017, after which it will be monitored as a demonstration project up to 2020. The barrier will continue to supply energy after 2020.