IMPORTANT IDEA: SOLAR ROADWAYS
This year (2010) alone, we've lost lives in coal mine and oil rig disasters
and gas line explosions. The Gulf of Mexico has become a nightmare: lives
and jobs lost -- ways of life gone. What (more) is it going to take to drive
us to wean ourselves off of our dependency on fossil fuels?
Years ago, when the phrase "Global Warming" began gaining popularity, we
started batting around the idea of replacing asphalt and concrete surfaces
with solar panels that could be driven upon. We thought of the "black box"
on airplanes: We didn't know what material that black box was made of, but
it seemed to be able to protect sensitive electronics from the worst of
Suppose we made a section of road out of this material and housed solar
cells to collect energy, which could pay for the cost of the panel, thereby
creating a road that would pay for itself over time. What if we added LEDs
to "paint" the road lines from beneath, lighting up the road for safer night
time driving? What if we added a heating element in the surface (like the
defrosting wire in the rear window of our cars) to prevent snow/ice
accumulation in northern climates? The ideas and possibilities just
continued to roll in and the Solar Roadway project was born.
In 2009, we received a contract from the Federal Highway Administration to
build the first ever Solar Road Panel prototype. During the course of its
construction, we learned many lessons and discovered new and better ways to
approach this project. These methods and discoveries are discussed
throughout this website. Please enjoy and send us any questions that you may
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