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By Jessica Taccetta | Broker in Staten Island, NY

Solar Powered Roads

Just read about a small Idaho company with a great dream-Solar Roads.Its a huge undertaking and there is yet to be glass constructed that will be strong enough to sustain heavy trucks, but what a great idea! Solar powered roads! They would melt the ice after a storm and power the streetlights around them! The following is an excerpt from an interview with Scott Brusaw, conducted by Danielli Marfori, Creative Intern for the Green Guide network:
"The idea is to replace all current petroleum-based asphalt roads, parking lots, and driveways with Solar Road Panels that collect and store solar energy to be used by our homes and businesses. This renewable energy replaces the need for the current fossil fuels used by the generation of electricity. The panels are said to consist of three layers.  The base will contain power and data lines and is overlaid with the electronics strata that contain solar cells, LEDs and super-capacitors which would produce and store electricity.

The LED's would provide ‘paint' for the highways and be able to communicate messages such as ‘slow' or ‘detour ahead' with the use of lights brought to the surface. The top layer will be made of glass that would provide the same traction as asphalt.

Even more impressive would be their ability to heat up, melting ice from the road."

Personally, I can definately see this happening down the line. But on a smaller and much more manageable scale, how about a corporate building with a solar parking lot? Who will be the first?

Comments

By JOSEPH RUNFOLA JR, BROKER, GRI,  Sun Jan 3 2010, 13:21
Our abilities have final come to a point where we can build the things our science fiction writers have envisioned in their stories for decades. Can you imagine generating three times the amount of electric energy we do now just by implementing these roads, with no carbon emissions, no green house gases, and none of the other issues we currently have?
By Jessica Taccetta,  Sun Jan 3 2010, 14:37
I know, its amazing! A healthier planet, more jobs created, lower bills, what an incredible thing it will be to witness these things coming to fruition.
By Brendank,  Thu Jan 14 2010, 18:46
I thought you fine people might enjoy a video from YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip), who did an interview with Scott Brusaw. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3PeSm6_hTE
By Jessica Taccetta,  Fri Jan 15 2010, 04:13
Thank you so much for posting this, its great! I appreciate the contribiution!

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