Friday Fact: Solar (Freakin’) Roadways

I found this re-blogged on Burdge’s Tumblr, and I thought it was pretty interesting.

Basically, two people invented solar panels with LED lights in them, and had the idea to replace any driveways, roads, even cement sport courts with them. This new invention is a hexagonal solar panel, with will serve as an ideal road, but also as a solar panel, generating energy to use in our homes. Paved roads serve the purpose of being roads, but how cool would it be to have them generate energy as well?

With the lights, not only will cities look futuristic and like Tron, but can also help drivers see ahead at night, and can even have pressure sensors to detect any animals crossing the road.

The only thing is: how much would this cost? How long would it take to even out with how much we pay, or to generate enough jobs, or even enough energy? Could someone even hack the highway? (also seen on Burdge’s Tumblr, I thought it was funny, but a possibility.)

Imagine our world going from this:

Car

To this:

Tron

I hope you liked this week’s interesting fact!

Last week: Frawnhofer Lines

Happy Memorial Day!

Bye!

Isa

 

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5 thoughts on “Friday Fact: Solar (Freakin’) Roadways

      • magicandwriting583 says:

        Oops, I thought I replied to this… *facepalm*

        Yup.

        It was made by…the Honda car company, I think. I don’t remember why they did it. But, anyway, it’s basically this stretch of road that has little ruts carved into it that when you drive over it…it makes music. It’s actually pretty cool to listen to.

      • magicandwriting583 says:

        Hehe, that would be hilarious. It’s always the same thing each time, and it’s not very long, but it is pretty cool. Like I said, it’s just made with ruts cut into the asphalt. So when a car drives over normal road, it makes a bit of sound, right? So the ruts basically just change the sound a little, and makes it almost sound like a little song.

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