Here’s another look at Solar Roadways, which are one step closer to becoming a reality. For those who missed the story, Scott and Julie Brusaw basically want to build roads with solar panels, not asphalt. They envision a modular paving system of solar panels on roads, driveways and parking lots that can withstand vehicles weighing up to 250,000-pounds, while simultaneously creating solar energy to power homes and businesses. Plus, the panels would also be able to heat themselves to stay snow-free. Continue reading for the original video as well as an update.
“Not only does the parking lot harvest energy, it also incorporates overhead utilities and repositions underground utilities for more efficient use. Power and data cables line a cable corridor alongside the parking lot, which provides easy access to power and data companies. This eliminates the need for overhead power lines and amazingly removes cell phone dead spots. The cable corridor is able to house all kinds of cables, including TV, fiber optics for high speed internet, and phone. Another function of this incredibly smart parking lot is to store, treat and redistribute storm water,” reports Inhabitat.