Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Solar powered roadways

Julie Brusaw and Scott Brusaw have created solar panels that fit together to form roads. Because of the design, they can be placed anywhere and connect to power and data cables, which in turn decreases the cost of roads in general, while creating a source of energy.

These solar roadways will not only be able to charge electronic based cars, but will also pay for themselves by generating enough electricity to power businesses and homes which are connected through nearby driveways and parking lots. The weight capacity of these solar roads can hold vehicles which are up to 250,000 pounds.

It's been said that solar roads have been tested for traction and impact resistance by civil engineering labs all across the US, and these solar roads are shown to be just as efficient in terms of travel as a regular road.

The Brusaws have received two phases of funding from the US Federal Highway Administration, but still need more money to get their invention out there.

Artist's rendition of downtown Sandpoint, Idaho - Home of Solar Roadways. Graphic design by Sam Cornett

Within this TEDx talk below, Scott delivered a presentation on these solar roads back on April the 16th, 2010.

You can find Scott and Julie's website here, www.solarroadways.com.

Images used within this article are from http://imgur.com/a/vSeVZ and http://www.solarroadways.com/

1 comment:

angelicview said...

I just love this idea. It could be the wave of the future. I gave just a tiny donation, and I'm now receiving updates by email on the campaign. Looks like the word is getting around! :)