Solar Roadways aim to create near-inexhaustible energy source with solar-powered roads
Roads powered by more renewable energy than can be used up, all with the help of LED solar panels? Sounds intriguing, doesn't it? That's what Solar Roadways believes it could do if it raises US$1 million (RM3.23 million) to take its invention from prototype to production.
What it envisions is creating solar panels to place in sections of road that would collect energy, in time paying for their costs. LEDs would be placed within the panel to light up the road, especially at night to make it safer to travel in the dark, and a heating element also added to prevent snow and ice accumulation.
The glass in the solar panels is created to withstand the heaviest of trucks, and is made up from 10% recycled glass.