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.Â The panels are said to consist of three layers.Â 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 â€˜paint' for the highways and be able to communicate messages such as â€˜slow' or â€˜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?