Good news for those concerned about nowadays excessive energy consumption and eco problems it causes.
Scott and Julie Brusaw, a married couple of startupers from Idaho, introduce a new project of solar roadways which should enable to hit the surfaces we move on, like roads, sidewalks, bike paths and even outdoor sport grounds. Such energy partition is possible due to energy-generating glass hexagonal solar panels teamed up with LED lights which would cover roads and parking lots. According to its creators, this technology can generate more than three times our today electricity consumption, plus it’s easy to repair, doesn’t harm nature, and panels can be produced out of recycled materials. No doubt, the project is rather ambitious, since we’re talking about total concrete and asphalt road transformation, but the expected advantages are so worthy investing.
The Brusaws got a two-year $750,000 contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation and raised more than $2.2 million via crowdfunding in order to bring the new technology to life. Missouri’s Route 66, the first public solar road, is expected to be put into service by the end of 2016.