Istanbul, Aug 20 () - Share America, an American foundation promoting stories and projects which raises debates on topics like democracy, freedom of expression, education and entrepreneurship, has announced an “electrifying idea” which could change our lives radically in suffocating metropolitan traffic.
“What if all paved surfaces could produce power from the sun?” asks the Project, created by two entrepreneurs Scott and Julie Brusaw.
The Brusaws couple, who work in the small town of Idaho, have taken an initiative to design futuristic solar roadways formed by a honeycomb of interlinking hexagons, along with a special glass surface constructed d in attempt to bear up the stresses of modern highways.
With support from the U.S. Department of Transportation, as well as the renowned crowd funding website of Indiegogo, the futuristic idea is to render a solar-powered road with its three main features:
• Zero-emission electricity: Solar roads would be able to reduce the need for carbon-emitting power plants.
• Smart sensors: Through networked blocks the lane lines and road signs could be illuminated, and the sensors could even make security warnings to drivers in case of hazard.
• A platform for innovation possibilites: Innovation of roadways could also promote new possibilities for green technology, ranging from storm water management to manufacturing with recycled materials.
The Solar Roadways Company belonging the couple already has launched constructions after having won a federal grant, which promotes transformative technology projects of small businesses. The parking lot constructed by the couple can display road markers, withstand heavy vehicles, and even melt snow and ice in severe weather conditions.
The couple will not stop here, apparently, since via the crowd funding network Indiegogo, through which ideas could be pitched to ordinary people who donate or invest promising projects, they have stepped up to bring their idea to the world a soon as possible.
The outcome was staggering, as almost 50,000 people from 165 countries contributed to the futuristic roadway project, having donated more than 2 million dollars.
Started with the dream of a one single solar-powered parking lot, the project could potentially bring sustainable, solar-powered paving to the public first in the U.S., and maybe to the world in the future.