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Inventor Pushes Solar Panels For Roads, Highways

By Nicholas K. Geranios

In this May 2014, photo provided by Solar Roadways, Scott and Julie Brusaw stand for a photo on a prototype solar-panel parking area at their company's business in Sandpoint, Idaho. Scott Brusaw's idea for solar-powered roads has gone viral and raised more than $1.4 million in crowdsourced funding. Brusaw is proposing to pave driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways with hexagon-shaped solar panels that will produce electricity and could even propel electric cars. (AP Photo/Solar Roadways)


EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a follow-up to the story “Idaho Company Gets $750,000 For Solar Parking Lot” that appeared in the September 2011 issue of The Chief Engineer.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren’t meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.

Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement weather and vehicles, big and small, to generate electricity.

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1 Response for “Inventor Pushes Solar Panels For Roads, Highways”

  1. Mick Brady says:

    Love the idea, but what keeps them being slippery when wet or full of snow and how will they hold up to plows?

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