Solar Roadways: Solar powered road panels for a smart highway

Solar Roadways: Solar powered road panels for a smart highway

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Solar Roadways: Solar powered road panels for a smart highway

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A technology that allows roads to be replaced with solar panels that can be driven on while generating electricity. 

The Problem

Asphalt roads are wasteful, and not very environmentally friendly. Moreover, the cars that drive on them release great amounts of carbon dioxide, contributing to climate change.

The Solution

Solar Roadways are glass-covered solar panels that cars can drive on, turning roads into clean-energy power plants. They contain microprocessors that allow each individual solar panel to communicate with the others for maximum efficiency. Beyond generating electricity, these roadways can heat themselves, preventing ice and snow accumulation; they also feature LED lights that can be used to create road markings without paint.

Stage of Development

Prototype

Organization to Receive Funds

Solar Roadways Inc, one of the companies pursuing this idea.

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