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Solar-powered roads could be the way of the future


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 5:48 - Inventors Scott and Julie Brusaw believe that solar-powered roads could reduce greenhouse gases and make the world a better place.

Solar Roadways could be the answer to many modern-day problems, according to its inventors.

Electrical engineer Scott Brusaw and his wife Julie are  developing the technology, which can hold up to 250,000 pounds are are capable of providing power to electric cars.

The panels will be able to cover roads, driveways, sidewalks, playgrounds and parking lots, among other places.


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The Brusaws have been working on the project for about four years now thanks, in part, to funding from the Federal Highway Administration.

Now they're turning to IndieGoGo to crowd-source the project.

They're hoping to raise enough funds to test and manufacture their product.


The surfaces "pay for themselves primarily through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots," the Brusaws write on their IndieGoGo page.

"A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole. They have many other features as well, including: heating elements to stay snow/ice free, LEDs to make road lines and signage, and attached Cable Corridor to store and treat stormwater and provide a "home" for power and data cables."

The Brusaws are seeking $1 million in funds to help bring Solar Roadways to the next level.

Visit IndieGoGo to learn more about the project.

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