The Potential of Solar Roads

09 September of 2010 by

solarroad The Potential of Solar Roads

Imagine a world-wide system where the "lit" half of the world is always powering the "dark" half of the world.

In this world everyone has power. No more power shortages, no moreroaming power outages, no more need to burn coal (50% of greenhousegases). Less need for fossil fuels and less dependency upon foreignoil. Much less pollution.

How about this for a long term advantage: an electric road allowsall-electric vehicles to recharge anywhere, including rest stops andparking lots. They would then have the same range as a gasoline-powered vehicle. Internal combustion engines would become obsolete. Ourdependency on oil could come to an end.  The development of the SolarRoadway is a technology which offers the ability to bring such a worldto fruition.

The Solar Roadway is a series of structurally-engineered solar panels that are drivenupon. The idea is to replace all current petroleum-based asphalt roads,parking lots, and driveways with Solar Road Panels that collect energyto be used by our homes and businesses.

The ultimate goal is to be able to store excess energy in oralongside the Solar Roadways. This renewable energy replaces the needfor the current fossil fuels used for the generation of electricity.This, in turn, cuts greenhouse gases literally in half.

When multiple Solar Road Panels are interconnected, an intelligentSolar Roadway is formed. These panels replace current driveways, parking lots, and all road systems, be they interstate highways, state routes,downtown streets, residential streets, or even plain dirt or gravelcountry roads.

Panels can also be used in amusement parks, raceways, bike paths,parking garage rooftops, and remote military locations. Any home orbusiness connected to the Solar Roadway (via a Solar Road Panel driveway or parking lot) receives the power and data signals that the SolarRoadway provides. The Solar Roadway becomes an intelligent,self-healing, decentralized (secure) power grid.

It’s time to upgrade our infrastructure – roads and power grid – to the 21st century.

Read about Solar Roadways in the new (July 2010) issue of Popular Science magazine.

Solar Roadways is a startup company which has received US$100,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.  Additionally, the company has been entered into GE’s Ecomagination Challenge: a $200 million innovation experiment where businesses, entrepreneurs,innovators and students share their best ideas on how to build thenext-generation power grid – and just might get funded.

You can support Solar Roadways’ submission to the Ecomagination Challenge by voting for them at http://solarroadways.com/vote.shtml.

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