Solar Roadways: The Brand And Its Products
Scott asked Julie the million-dollar question: “What if, instead of using solar panels on residential rooftops, we make roads out of solar panels?” That was the question. We had no idea at the time that it would lead to a business idea. But Scott thought that if we put solar panels in some type of plastic overlay and encased them in an aggregate, it would hold up better than asphalt.
Solar Roadways: About & Story
Scott and Julie Brusaw grew up in rural Idaho, where together they spent their childhoods enjoying the outdoors. In 2006 while driving across America, Scott came up with the idea of replacing all of the country’s roads and highways with solar panels. Seeing an opportunity to make a difference in the world, the Brusaws launched a project that would be known as Solar Roadways®.
Solar Roadways’ mission is to replace all existing roadways with solar panels that generate electricity, produce fresh potable water and provide a comfortable walking/biking surface. This will create a massive network of energy.
A cost-saving alternative to traditional roadway construction: a new structural pavement system that generates Renewable Energy. Daniel Friedman and another partner at the company have developed a structural system that will last indefinitely without concrete.
Solar Roadways were awarded a 2-year $750,000 Phase II SBIR contract by the USDOT in July of 2011. This funding allowed them to conduct more research and build the world’s first prototype solar parking lot.
A solar PV + smart parking system turns an existing asphalt surface into a dynamic, multi-functional, smart parking surface for electric vehicles. This new kind of parking lot is able to generate electricity, store energy on-site, and communicate with nearby vehicles. Status: On April 23rd 2011 they unveiled the world’s first solar parking lot at Orange County Center in Tustin, CA. It generates 15-20 watts/sqft from its 96
Solar Roadways: FAQS
How do solar roadways work?
Solar road systems are built using solar photovoltaic cells. These devices are then installed into the road itself, giving the possibility to eliminate the need for painted lines on roads.
How much energy can solar roadways produce?
Solar Roadways estimate that the SRR could produce over 14.5 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, three times the consumption of the United States!
How much would solar roadways cost?
Industry estimates indicate that a complete conversion to solar roadways would cost $56 trillion
What are solar roadways made of?
The Glass is made of tempered glass, it was used for its hardness, strength, durability, and transmittance. Surface is specially textured to provide better traction for vehicles and pedestrians.
How much weight can Solar Road Panels support?
To meet the needs of their commercial clients, Solar Roadways test the vehicles through our USDOT contracts. The roads can safely transport vehicles up to 250,000 pounds.
Solar Roadways: The Final Thoughts
Solar Roadways have found an innovative new way of producing solar energy. To modernize the infrastructure with modular, intelligent panels while producing clean renewable energy for homes and businesses is something to be very excited about!
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