Before we dive into the pros and cons of this (very) controversial new idea, let’s discuss what it is and who’s doing it. That’ll buy me at least ONE week to sort out my arguments before I throw myself into the meat grinder of public opinion.
Solar Roadways are, basically, solar panels that can also be used as roads, as invented and invisioned by Scott and Julie Bursaw. They are shaped like octogons, and only a foot or two in diameter. They also contain LEDs which can be used to simulate lines typically painted on the road. Parking lots and driveways could also be made in similar ways. Though it would begin with the creation of new roads and parking lots, the creators of Solar Roadways hope to have all roads replaced with these panels.
They are made with a thick layer of tempered glass, made to support large amounts of weight (over 250,000 pounds), and so that they don’t become dangerous to motorists or passersby, should the glass break. It is designed with traction in mind so that cars don’t slip on a rainy day.
That’s pretty much all there is to it! There’s a lot of complicated science to it, but all you really need to know is that they are solar panels that are also used as roads, and they have to made and installed differently as a result. This is kind of a short entry, but like I said – I want to get my story straight. I still need to read arguments on both sides, find some in-depth articles about the cost and tech, etc. Next week, friends.