If you don’t want to read the whole article watch the video. It will blow your mind! And the possibilities are amazing!
The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign Solar Roadways https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-roadways has already raised 150% of it’s $1,000,000 goal and the campaign still has 2 days left.
The Solar Road Panels, in practice, could not only pay for themselves through clean power generation, but also:
- improve road safety by providing LED lighting that replaces paint and can change traffic patterns in real time when needed
- prevent accidents by providing advance illuminated warning of animals or debris on the road.
- allow airport tarmacs to transmit signage visible to in-air pilots
- provide an environmentally friendly way to melt ice
Solar Roadways is leveraging its initial U.S. Federal Highway Administration grant with this Indiegogo campaign. This is certainly something I thought of as a kid and now it’s a reality!
Kind of makes me mad that I didn’t act on the idea to turn the roads into solar collectors. But must say this is incredible and the initial set up costs would long term be offset by the sustainable value and energy the roads would produce.
We think that this is certainly a very useful project and should be helped along!