Roads aren’t just for walking or driving anymore. Solar road or pathway projects around the world are showing that streets can both provide firm footing and generate clean energy. Inhabitat rounded up six projects in places as diverse as China and rural Georgia to highlight potentially game-changing technologies in the solar road sphere.
Scott and Julie Brusaw launched Solar Roadways a few years back with the goal of transforming regular asphalt roads into energy-generating thruways. The Brusaws aimed to use modular solar panels topped with tempered glass as replacement for standard pavement and, in 2016, celebrated the first public installation of these panels in their hometown of Sandpoint, Idaho. While they’d also announced plans to bring their solar roads to a section of Route 66 in Missouri, it appears the project fell through. Late last year, St. Louis Public Radio said the project wouldn’t be moving forward; according to Scott Brusaw, it “dissolved due to a variety of complex red tape factors.” But Solar Roadways is still at work to bring their product to roads and recently shared on Facebook that they’ve met with interested connections from South Korea, Australia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Austria.
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