It sounds too good to be true – roads surfaced not with tarmac, but with solar cells, generating energy from the sun, embedded with smart LED road signs and even wirelessly charging electric vehicles as they drive along. Brilliant. Yes, please. When will they be ready? Well, the brainchild of a couple from Idaho, Julie and Scott Brusaw, is now heading into a new phase – made possible by a highly successful $2m crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo to hire engineers and improve the design.
It’s in these next few years that we will see the concept fully tested and hopefully proto-typed, the first step along the path to bringing this wonderful idea to the marketplace. Whatever its future and whether this idea will truly ever make it coast to coast, something good has to come out of it. Keep in touch with progress at Solar Roadways.