Solar Freaking Roadways!
That’s right! This concept, of using roads as solar cells, seems like a great idea. Critics on the other hand are claiming that it won’t endure the punishment and damage that streets regularly have to handle. Everything from the freezing weather to the weight of vehicles, lets not forget those 18-wheelers! Well, that isn’t stopping Solar Roadways from perfecting its idea for a sun-powered surface that can be used as roads, or possibly replace them. It has raised almost $2 million in a crowd-funding campaign on the website Indiegogo.
The concept uses a textured glass surface embedded with solar cells to generate electricity. The panels can also melt down snow, show safety warnings, and practically be programmed to display just about anything through its integrated LEDs. The Solar Roadway panels can supposedly withstand 250,000-pounds of torture! That is Freaking Awesome! The company hopes to start with parking lots, driveways and sidewalks and expand to roads later on.
The company has gotten the Department of Transportation interested that they have received grants of $100,000 and $750,000 to prove the concept. Hopefully in the near future we will be driving on Solar Freaking Roadways!