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Solar Roadways – building roads that pay for themselves by generating electricity

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You’ve got to admit that this Solar Roadways project is ambitious. The idea is to replace our conventional tarmac ribbon with a surface which doubles as a solar panel, thereby providing a number of benefits. Self lighting streets, heated surfaces for icy conditions, dynamic road signage and last but not least, generating surplus power for the national grid.

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The whole thing is crazy sci-fi, but with the price of oil going up up up, and the price of solar tech going down down down, who knows? Maybe one day the two will cross and the feasibility of doing something like this will work. By that time we’ll probably be back in the stone age mind you.

 

 The Solar Roadway is a series of structurally-engineered solar panels that are driven upon. The idea is to replace all current petroleum-based asphalt roads, parking lots, and driveways with Solar Road Panels that collect energy to be used by our homes and businesses. Our ultimate goal is to be able to store excess energy in or alongside the Solar Roadways.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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