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Solar Roadways pave the future with clean, free energy

Solar Roadways, a company that intends to pave our roads with solar panels, recently surpassed its massive funding goal of US$1-million on Indiegogo. In theory, these solar panels, invented by Scott Brusaw and his wife Julie, give us alternative sources of clean energy and safer means of transport.

Traditional roads are primarily made up of asphalt which is annoyingly outdated. They cave in and create potholes, get covered in snow and skid your car. They also don’t light up when you drive on them. How lame.

Solar Roadways’ solution is meant to change all of that. Its solar panels can withstand more than 1 13000kg. They also melt snow and have hundreds of LEDs fitted in them so they can create a clear, safe, Christmas-like driving experience.

In essence, and most importantly, this project paves the way for “intelligent” roads which can generate clean, alternative electricity and help cut back on fossil fuels — as much as 75% apparently.

By generating electricity, Solar Roadways argues it can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots. The Brusaw couple also hopes to develop more designs that could be applied to bike paths, dance floors, highways, courtyards or, as they say, basically anywhere under the sun.

The dream is an expensive one and Solar Roadways hopes its product pays itself off in the end. Their dream is a world paved with solar panels that could generate enough clean energy to power the US and beyond. Take a look at the video:

“To enable our vision, we’ll need to build manufacturing facilities in every state in the US and nearly every country in the world,” says Brusaw. That’s a rather tall order. Though the crowd-funding campaign and recognition from the likes of Google, Time, CNN, and funding from the US Federal Highway Administration, Solar Roadways might just become the roads of our future.

Author Bio

Jacques Coetzee: Staff Reporter
Jacques grew up in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Keen to take over the world, one word at a time, he has always been interested in both politics and development and studied International Relations (BA) at Stellenbosch University. With an interest in innovation and social change, he seeks to tell the... More


  1. Herb Borkland

    May 26, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Yes, turning the future of human energy needs over to… the weather — wind, sun — is just so sexy the nearly sinister stupidity of the idea never seems to sink in.

  2. Eric

    May 26, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Herb the Wind and Sun are not Coming up with the Technology, Humans Are..Sure Every Great inventions Struggles See Every Great Invention lol…..Pessimist WHY?……….No one thought man Could Sail the Seas, or Go into Space or Land on the Moon or Fly or Talk in an Instant to someone on the other side of the Planet. We can do it all Herb if we put our Minds to it….See The Evolution of Human Science for Evidence ; )

  3. Laz

    May 26, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Because there are many, many technologies already in production that would do this job at much less cost an risk.

  4. Skye

    May 27, 2014 at 12:33 am

    to Herb – These roadways won’t need direct sunlight, the places that get more light will be able to share energy with those that get less, and rain or shine, the sun DOES rise every day….I don’t see anything stupid about this project, except the closed-mindedness of the people who refuse to even try and wrap their heads around it.

    Instead of coming up with fear-based obstacles, why not help bring fact-based solutions? This roadway is a viable solution to vastly improve the entire world’s environmental AND economic struggles, let’s not dismiss or ignore it people!

    to Laz – Really, like what? What technology is already in production that could generate clean energy in abundance and make our roadways safer at a lower cost and risk? And if it’s already here, why aren’t we using it?

    to Eric – Exactly!

  5. Herb Borkland

    May 27, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    I salute your optimism, and thank you for your civility. I do not dispute the possibilities of new tech, Eric, I question the trustworthiness of those who rush to implement it. This states my position, and it will chill your blood. http://herbork.com/2013/08/08/the-lords-of-life/

  6. Herb Borkland

    May 27, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Skye, thank you, and, as I told Eric, I am not a Luddite. I am braced and encouraged by the spirit you men show. What concerns me are the ultimate aims of those who manipulate your good faith in this tech. How sane are their intentions? This will chill your blood… http://herbork.com/2013/08/08/the-lords-of-life/

  7. lgcamp

    August 4, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    If it’s a good idea, it won’t be used. I guarantee it. Corporate America will see to that.