Installing photovoltaics (solar panels) may seem expensive, slippery and fragile, but US start-up Solar Roadways claims their modular system has a grippy surface equivalent to asphalt, can be driven on by trucks and will pay for itself by generating electricity and reduced need for pothole maintenance.
Solar Roadways has completed two funding contracts with the US Department of Transportation, and was awarded a third contract in November 2015.
They have now sought crowd funding through an Indiegogo Campaign.
“Our goal is to modernise the infrastructure with modular, intelligent panels, while producing clean renewable energy for homes and businesses. We’ll be able to charge electric vehicles with clean energy from the sun, first on our solar parking lots and when we have enough highway infrastructure, while driving”.
Other uses and advantages of Solar Roadways include solar lighting for permanent lane marking and motion detection of hazards such as animals, people, rock slides and other hazards.