There is no doubt that we are heading for an energy crisis in the future, so it would seem that now is a good time to start planning for this future rather than just sitting around waiting for it happen and then worrying about a solution. Imagine if roads, paths, car parks and precincts were built from a modular paving system with built in solar panels!
This amount of solar energy might be enough to cover most or all of our power requirements taking sustainable energy to a new level. Now the main issue with this is how can they produce a solar panel to take the punishment that a road gets on a daily basis!
Well the solution is toughened and textured glass, it’s already been tested to take the weight of 250,000 pound lorries! The panels will generate electricity to power a national grid, but there is more as the panels are heated in the winter to stay free from ice, contain LED’s for signs and in a car park, power for battery powered vehicles can be provided!
The downside for Solar Roadways is putting all this into practice, they are raising funds through crowdfunding in order to get the project started and from there who knows maybe one day we will all be driving along a road made from solar panels.
Source: Solar Roadways