Solar Panelled Roads – A Solution to Several Problems

Here’s a fascinating report about a way of deploying solar technology on roads in a way that would a) collect solar energy from the surface, enabling distributed power generation nearby, b) generate enough power to illuminate roads, including lane dividers, advertisements or notifications to motorists — even warnings about hazards — and these could be changed as needed, and c) use the power collected to melt snow or ice and even possibly to charge electric motors travelling over the surface.  The panels have been tested for strength and durability, even under heavy truck traffic, and borne up.

The costs of the technology are not stated, and it would take time to resurface roads, but what a quantum step forward this could be towards the new energy future.

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