Originally posted on Make Wealth History:
Last week I wrote about ‘smart roads‘, an idea to upgrade Europe’s highways into something more user-friendly and less damaging to the environment. Here’s another idea for using our roadways, one that’s even more radical – solar roads.
That video is from a couple of years ago, and since making it, husband and wife inventors Scott and Julie Brusaw have in fact developed their concept. They’ve researched and exhaustively tested a glass tough enough to drive on. They’ve created a modular hexagon-based road system, fitted with solar panels and LEDs, with channels either side for drainage and maintenance. They’ve built a test site on their own driveway, and now they want to scale it up further.
It’s hard to imagine that covering every road in America with solar panels will ever be economic, but I can see how it would be a useful technology for car parks, motorway…
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