The road to the future could be paved with solar panels

Solar Road Runner

Highways basking in the hot sun are wasted energy. Scott Brusaw's solution? Make them out of solar panels

The company, Solar Roadways, has been working on embedding PV (photovoltaic) cells and LED lights  into panels engineered to withstand the forces of traffic. The lights would allow for “smart” roadways and parking lots with changeable signage, while the cells would generate enough energy to power businesses, cities and, eventually, the entire country.  With each 12-by-12-foot Solar Roadway able to produce about 7,600 watt-hours a day (based on a 4-hour a day avg), a one-mile stretch of four-lane highway could power approximately 500 homes.

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