Solar Roads Can Beat Peak Oil And The Icing Over Of America

This is a pretty amazing idea — the roads might even be able to charge electric cars while they travel using mutual induction! Check out Solar Roadways:

Suppose we made a section of road out of this material and housed solar cells to collect energy, which could pay for the cost of the panel, thereby creating a road that would pay for itself over time. What if we added LEDs to “paint” the road lines from beneath, lighting up the road for safer night time driving? What if we added a heating element in the surface (like the defrosting wire in the rear window of our cars) to prevent snow/ice accumulation in northern climates? The ideas and possibilities just continued to roll in and the Solar Roadway project was born.

In 2009, we received a contract from the Federal Highway Administration to build the first ever Solar Road Panel prototype. During the course of its construction, we learned many lessons and discovered new and better ways to approach this project. These methods and discoveries are discussed throughout this website

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18 Comments on "Solar Roads Can Beat Peak Oil And The Icing Over Of America"

  1. This made my day, fantastic idea! If only I lived in a country where good ideas actually happen.

  2. This made my day, fantastic idea! If only I lived in a country where good ideas actually happen.

    • I agree, sometimes by believing it’s impossible you are making sure it will never happen. This might be one of those. Even if it’s not used as a highway (sidewalks), or only used in some places – it would be neat.

    • WhiteRose | Jan 22, 2011 at 9:26 pm |

      It does sound wonderful… thing is we had electric cars ages ago and the lobbyist are what got us on oil. Until the geek squad learns how to market and lobby I don’t see the bright ideas taking off 🙁

  3. I agree, sometimes by believing it’s impossible you are making sure it will never happen. This might be one of those. Even if it’s not used as a highway (sidewalks), or only used in some places – it would be neat.

  4. Wow! Definitely one of the best ideas in regard to combating global warming!

  5. Wow! Definitely one of the best ideas in regard to combating global warming!

  6. Anonymous | Jan 19, 2011 at 7:54 pm |

    The one word they do not mention is “grip”. there is no way to make a tire that holds to glass. Specially in the wet when it becomes an ice rink.

  7. The one word they do not mention is “grip”. there is no way to make a tire that holds to glass. Specially in the wet when it becomes an ice rink.

    • emperorreagan | Jan 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm |

      Considering we can’t maintain infrastructure that’s just made out of concrete, asphalt, steel, etc…I have a hard time believing the state could maintain anything more complicated.

      Build fucking trains, light rail, etc. already. Stop fucking around on inefficient forms of transportation.

  8. Looks difficult to Mfr ??!!

  9. Looks difficult to Mfr ??!!

  10. There’s a really good interview with this guy on a blog talk radio show.
    http://tobtr.com/s/1429395

  11. There’s a really good interview with this guy on a blog talk radio show.
    http://tobtr.com/s/1429395

  12. emperorreagan | Jan 20, 2011 at 12:07 am |

    Considering we can’t maintain infrastructure that’s just made out of concrete, asphalt, steel, etc…I have a hard time believing the state could maintain anything more complicated.

    Build fucking trains, light rail, etc. already. Stop fucking around on inefficient forms of transportation.

  13. just because you WANT to support a silly idea doesn’t make it any more viable.

  14. just because you WANT to support a silly idea doesn’t make it any more viable.

  15. WhiteRose | Jan 23, 2011 at 1:26 am |

    It does sound wonderful… thing is we had electric cars ages ago and the lobbyist are what got us on oil. Until the geek squad learns how to market and lobby I don’t see the bright ideas taking off 🙁

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