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Solar Roadways Unveils Super Strong Solar Panels for Roads in Prototypical Parking Lot

by , 04/27/14

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Not only does the parking lot harvest energy, it also incorporates overhead utilities and repositions underground utilities for more efficient use. Power and data cables line a cable corridor alongside the parking lot, which provides easy access to power and data companies. This eliminates the need for overhead power lines and amazingly removes cell phone dead spots. The cable corridor is able to house all kinds of cables, including TV, fiber optics for high speed internet, and phone. Another function of this incredibly smart parking lot is to store, treat and redistribute storm water.

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Though the Brusaw’s smart parking lot is operational, it still needs refinement to hit the commercial production stage. To this end, the couple have launched an Indigogo campaign that started on Earth Day, April 22, 2014. Currently, around 69 percent of the layer under the glass of each hexagonal unit is made up of solar cells, but the plan is to reach 100 percent. The funds raised through the campaign will go towards hiring a team of engineers and other professionals, streamline the production process and move into the manufacturing phase. The campaign goal is $1 million. You can donate here.

Via Gizmag

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2 Comments

  1. FacebookUser58 April 28, 2014 at 4:13 am

    great initiative .. Love to be part of this… world should go for it ASAP..

  2. 1000heroes April 27, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Have you consider using a film whereby the application and installation process would be rolled out in say 12\’ wide continuous rolls. As the solar membrane is laid out, a clear liquid polymer is laminated over the membrane.

    The solar film has already been developed, not sure it\’s life span. As for the polymers, there\’s numerous high impact and long lasting ones. Here the trick would be to create a textured surface to prevent slippage for tires during rain, ice and snow.

    Connectors would be integrated along the edges at respective intervals leading to utility lines and the power grid.

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