Solar roadways sound like a cool idea, but like with many cool ideas, questions of feasibility are bound to be raised. Harnessing the sun’s bountiful power for use on Earth as a sustainable energy source has already been achieved, but actually using it on the road — or any other trafficked surface for that matter — offers a new twist that could be a game-changer in the name of long-term sustainable growth.
The solar roadways technology is the brainchild of Scott and Julie Brusaw, a couple from Idaho who happen to be engineers. Smart ones at that, too.
After being a awarded a contract by the Federal Highway Administration to build two prototypes of solar roadways, the Brusaws successfully developed intelligent solar panels that generate their own electricity, essentially turning our roads into fully-functional surfaces that are capable of a myriad of functions.
Think of them as "smart roads" that can be reprogrammed to suit their environments, whatever they may be. Whether its melting snow after a blizzard, lighting highways at night to warn of incoming dangers or charging green cars , these solar roadways could end up becoming a key to unlocking a whole new world of sustainability that lowers the cost of energy and reduce our carbon footprint.
Check out the above video and keep an open mind, as some of these ideas seem farfetched, but they are downright interesting and very useful.
Just don’t ask us who much something like this is going to cost...