This past decade has seen a significant amount of effort put into improving solar panels, which are used to capture energy from the sun. The idea of putting modular panels on roads is gaining traction, despite their widespread use in residential and commercial buildings. Solar panels constructed of ruggedized glass might be used instead of asphalt to pave roads, according to a new proposal.

Roads that Repay Their Own Way

In the world of solar technology, Scott and Julie Brusaw, natives of Idaho, have come up with what appears to be an outlandish and unconventional approach. Founded in 2009, the modular pavement system was developed by a husband and wife duo. There are now two people claiming that their solar panel system has the strength and durability to endure for up to twenty years, even when subjected to loads exceeding 250,000 pounds (four times the legal weight limit of a semi truck). Drivers will be able to notice road debris more easily with the LED lights and warm light from the panels, which will melt snow and ice when they come into touch with them.

The solar panels utilized in this system are essentially the same as those found in standard residential solar panels. In order to protect the solar panels, researchers at Penn State and the University of Dayton created and tested a specific form of bulletproof glass. Ten percent of the recycled glass will be used to make foundation layers of the solar panels that will be employed in this massive project.

With the help of FHA (Federal Highway Administration) money, the pair aims to install their solar panels throughout the United States, which will be a massive undertaking considering the number of roadways and motorways in the country presently.

Reduction of CO2

In addition to providing a source of clean, reusable energy for streetlights and nearby residences, a grid of solar highways might help cut CO2 emissions by reducing the amount of fossil fuels burned in transportation. An ideal scenario for both the environment and economy is to replace the current power system with a “smart grid.”

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When it comes to crowdfunding campaigns for solar technology, the latest reports indicate that Solar Roadways has already surpassed its original financial goal of $1 million, despite the fact that the campaign’s run on IndieGogo has a few days left. More than 35,000 people from over 40 countries have contributed to making this possible. Scott and Julie did a great job!