Solar roads and sidewalks – the next big thing?
by Tim Willmott : Comments Off on Solar roads and sidewalks – the next big thing?
A campaign on idegogo is raising funds for a solar technology that could soon be generating energy on a national scale.
Idaho based Solar Roadways is now looking to raise capital for production. It has already built a prototype of its modular paving system of solar panels using funding from the US Federal Highway.
The modular system can be used for a range of applications such as roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds and the company says they pay for themselves over their lifetime through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses. It also claims a nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole.
The panels have been tested for properties including traction, loading and impact resistance testing and found to exceed all requirements.