This news definitely falls in the “wish I thought of that first” category – as an Idaho couple envisions turning the country’s miles of roads into always producing gigantic solar panels.

Julie and Scott Brusaw, now incorporated into Solar Roadways have a vision where the lower 48 states of United States 31,251 square miles of roads, parking lots, driveways, playgrounds, bike paths, and sidewalks would become one day fully fledged solar panels.

In a fine twist of a beautiful and very simple – actually – idea, the couple have been for years working on developing an industrial-strength panel that would be strong enough to support even the weight of America’s largest heavy trucks. They seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel, as they developed a coating that supports heavy loads but also adds the necessary traction for the car’s tyres.

With funds already coming from the US Federal Highway Administration, and after they last year were featured in Google’s Moonshot series, they have turned to crowdfunding on popular IndieGogo, needing $1 million to go beyond the prototype stage.

“The idea to launch a crowdfunding campaign came to as we have always been concerned about protecting our vision to implement this in the way that we think will have the most benefit: creating American jobs rather than outsourcing and then adding manufacturing facilities in other countries,” the duo says.

Besides the fact that their idea – if materialized – should provide around three times the US total electrical annual consumption, electric cars could be recharged on the go, installing a receiver plate under the car and a transmitter inside the panelized roads.

Via Business Insider


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