Suppose we could make a section of road that housed solar cells to collect energy, which could pay for the cost of the panel, thereby creating a road that would pay for itself over time. What if we added LEDs to “paint” the road lines from beneath, lighting up the road for safer night-time driving? What if we added a heating element in the surface (like the defrosting wire in the rear window of our cars) to prevent snow/ice accumulation in northern climates? The ideas and possibilities just continued to roll in and the Solar Roadway project was born. The goal is to replace all current petroleum-based asphalt roads, parking lots and driveways with Solar Road Panels that collect energy to be used in our ho
Co-inventors and co-founders Scott Brusaw and Julie Brusaw will present the history of the Solar Roadways project, including results and lessons learned from the new (2012) prototype parking lot installed in north Idaho.