Solar road technology will be tested on Route 66, and could help power the US.
Missouri’s Department of Transportation will install for tests Solar Roadways’s solar road tiles, in a sidewalk at the Route 66.
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Solar Roadways® (SR) is a modular system of specially engineered solar panels that can be walked and driven upon.
Our panels contain LED lights to create lines and signage without paint. They contain heating elements to prevent snow and ice accumulation. The panels have microprocessors, which makes them intelligent. This allows the panels to communicate with each other, a central control station, and vehicles. Many people are surprised to learn that our panels are made of glass… but not ordinary glass. SR panels are made of specifically formulated tempered glass, which can support the weight of semi-trucks. The glass has a tractioned surface which is equivalent to asphalt.
You can read more technical information in the Specifics page. “We’re still in an early phase of our company’s development. Eventually our panels will be available for highways, but first will come non-critical applications such as driveways and parking lots. We are readying to install the first projects now.”
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