Going Green: Solar Roadways

Published 06/03 2014 01:47PM

Updated 06/03 2014 01:56PM

Solar roadways? Could this be the future?  This is advanced technology that could change the world.

These smart, micro-processing, interlocking, hexagonal solar units could replace all roadways, parking lots, sidewalks, driveways, tar mats, bike paths, and even outdoor recreational areas.

These 12 foot by 12 foot panels are made up of LED light designs on circuit boards that can be reprogrammed to make lanes, warning signs, and parking configurations.

They are wired underground along two channels of cable corridors that house cables for power lines, data lines, fiber optics, and high speed internet, which replaces the need for telephone poles, hanging wires, and buried cables.

They are covered with a tempered glass material with a hardness that falls between steel and stainless steel and have been tested to meet all weight, impact, load, and traction requirements.

In places where it gets cold, heated panels will keep the surface temperature above freezing.  Which means no more ice and snow on the roads and no more tax dollars spent on snow removal and salt.

These panels are solar powered, so they generate electricity and generate capital.  No oil, no gas, and no coal.

The energy produced by solar roadways is estimated to produce three times more power than the United States uses.

This energy could power the roadways themselves as well as electric vehicles, workplaces, and even homes.

Asphalt used to make roadways is petroleum based and the cost of road construction has gone through the roof.  This technology would eliminate asphalt and concrete and the need to repave roads and replace potholes.

Solar roadways are also pressure sensitive and can detect and warn drivers if something is in the roadway.  It would take approximately $5 billion panels to cover all the roads in the United States.

This technology is in the second phase of their contract with the Federal Highway Administration.  They will be calculating the costs for nationwide solar roadways near the end of the July 2014.

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