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Friday, May 23, 2014

Solar FREAKIN' Roadways Made Of Glass Need Your Help [Video]

A crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo is approaching its deadline on May 31, 2014. The project is Solar Roadways which could replace asphalt streets in the future. The futuristic looking concept uses the sun's energy to power environmentally friendly roads which pay for themselves over time.

Solar Roadways is a concept imagined by an Idaho couple, Scott and Julie Brusaw. Here are some more details and how you can contribute.

Solar Roadways (Description from Indiegogo)

Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds). These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds... literally any surface under the sun.

They can 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 as a whole (

They have many other features as well, including: heating elements to stay snow/ice free, LEDs to make road lines and signage, and attached Cable Corridor to store and treat storm water and provide a "home" for power and data cables. 

EVs (Electronic Vehicles) 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.

Additional info from the campaign suggests that the US Federal Highway Administration has provided two phases of funding for the project to research and develop the system. The Indiegogo funding which has a goal of $1,000,000, will help in completing Phase II of the process (building a prototype parking lot).

The panels are made from strong recycled glass and include LED lights which can be programmed to display things like warning signs, road markings, etc. The roadways will have two channels which run along the side. One houses cables and wires which means no more overhead cables for carrying electricity or telephone lines which are often damaged during a storm. The other channel will capture and store storm water which can be treated or stored.

You can contribute to the campaign by making a pledge on Indiegogo from anywhere between $5 - $10,000. You will receive a gift for your contribution. Whether the campaign reaches a goal or not, the money raised will go towards developing the prototype.

Watch this "Solar FREAKIN' Roadways" video...

Full details on Solar Roadways can be found on Indiegogo where you can contribute to the campaign.

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