Just imagine all the roadways in the US covered with rugged tiles that capture solar power and use it to illuminate the road and generate enough excess power to eliminate the need for any domestic electrical power generation.
Sound impossible? Not to Scott and Julie Brusaw. The Brusaws are the husband and wife team behind Solar Roadways, the company that is behind this wildly ambitious idea. They have received funding from the US Department of Transportation and, just last year, received over 2 million dollars via a popular crowdfunding site.
The solar roadways team has been working on prototypes and it seems they have reached the point where they can go into production. Because the concept is so forward thinking, it is unlikely that the panels would see commercial use just yet.
While it’s an undeniably great idea, the solar roadways concept still has a lot of details to be fleshed out. One of the biggest stumbling blocks is the sheer magnitude of the concept. Covering even a small part of the road infrastructure in the US would be a huge, ultra-expensive affair – almost incomprehensible, in fact.
But that’s how the future happens, it’s created by wild-eyed visionaries that aren’t afraid to dream of crazy future technologies. They start out small and win over those that don’t believe “it’s possible”. This is exactly what Scott and Julie Brusaw are doing and in coming years we should see what comes out of it!