After having received funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, Solar Roadways has made it’s way onto Indiegogo to raise funds for production; eager to deliver on their vision of a very promising future.
So what can Solar Roadways do for us? Many, many things, apparently. First and foremost, unsurprisingly, these solar panels are suitable for driving, walking, and whatever else you wish to do. Which is a feat in itself.
Other than this, they house LED lighting systems that allow bespoke lighting arrangements. Think of it as a way to alter the markings on the road at will, in an almost infinite number of ways; also offering a lot more clarity and vision at night. Pretty sweet, huh.
Alongside this, the solar panels have heating elements to ensure they can melt snow, so no more sliding around in dangerous conditions. Solar Roadways will also make room for power and data cables via a Cable Corridor, also used to store and treat stormwater. But the most impressive part, is the following, taken from their Indiegogo page:
They pay for themselves primarily through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots. A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole… EVs will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving.
If you’re not already impressed, or perhaps have further questions, be sure to check out their FAQ. Otherwise, be sure to check out their video below, for a glimpse into what our future roads could look like. And if you like what you see, support them on Indiegogo!