Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Research is being conducted to create solar panels embedded into roads to provide power. Each 'Solar Road' panel can generate ~7.6 kwh of power/day, costing ~$7,000 each. A mile-long stretch of four-lane highway would remove 500 homes from the energy grid.
Aside from helping curb our usage of depleting energy resources, the panels could also be used to create LED road warnings and built-in heating elements to prevent roads from freezing.