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Solar Roadways: Paving a way for the Future

by User Not Found | Apr 13, 2015

"For the first time in human history we have the technology to do what nature has done since the beginning of life on this planet, harness the power of the sun to fuel our pursuits." 

In 2006, environmental engineers Scott and Julie Brusaw utilized their passion for environmental sustainability to create a new technology that replaces all roadways, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bikeways, and outdoor recreational services with solar panels. These aren't just any solar panels, they are smart, microprocessing, interlocking, hexagonal units that absorb energy from the sun and generate it into reusable energy and capital!

These panels are made from tempered, recycled glass that is processed to withstand the weight of impact, load, and traction requirements. Unlike asphalt, these solar panels won't create potholes that will damage the axels of cars. Whenever one malfunctions, repairs are easily made by replacing the panel with a new one. 

What does this mean for the future?

With this awesome new alternative not only do our roadways look super cool (Tron anyone?), it also generates power from the sun and creates energy for our every day use. It also reduces the cost of energy, saving us a ton of money. They're also heated, so people that live in cold, snowy areas won't have to worry about snow piling up on their driveway, shoveling snow, or be concerned about losing traction when driving, decreasing traffic delays and accidents. 
Every panel has a series of circuit lights that can be programmed to say anything you want. The parking lot can be configured anytime to create new parking spaces. NO MORE REPAINTING PARKING LOTS! They are also pressure sensitive so they can sense when there is a sudden obstruction on the road, or when an animal or person are walking on the road. As soon as it senses something ahead it immediately warns drivers with LED text about what lies ahead. 

Solar Roadways also have two channels that form what's called a cable corridor that runs concurrently with the roadways themselves. One of them housing electrical cables (power lines, data lines, fiberoptics, and high speed internet). This replaces the need for telephone poles and wires that can get damaged with stormy weather causing power outages. The other channel captures and filters storm water and melted snow, moving onto a treatment facility reducing the amount of released polluted water into our lakes, rivers and oceans.

As unbelievable as this sounds, this is a real thing and it is currently founded by the Federal Highway Administration!

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