It is a hot summer day, and the sun is relentlessly beating down on the asphalt roadways, making being stuck in traffic that much more unbearable. What if that hot roadway had a purpose other than collecting heat? What if they roadway collected that heat and converted it into useful energy? That is why researchers are finding ways to convert our roadways into energy producing machines, by using solar technology.

 

Solar Roadways would create energy and require less upkeep (solarroadways.com)

The basics of the project is that any paved surface, including roads, bike paths, recreational space, driveways, parking lots, and walkways, would be replaced with solar panels. Once installed, these panels would pay for themselves, generating clean, renewable energy. Each panel is also equipped with LED lights that can be programmed to produce any image; this ability would cut out the need for repainting surfaces, and warn drivers of potential dangers and traffic. Besides producing energy, the solar panels would be able to melt snow, replace telephone wires, and reduce our emission of greenhouse gases.

 

The task of replacing all our our roads with solar panels is a daunting one, but once the panels are installed they will pay for themselves, lower energy bills, provide renewable energy, and most importantly, these roadways will create jobs. They will create computer jobs, manufacturing jobs, and construction jobs, giving thousands of Americans the opportunity to support themselves and their families. If the United States were to replace all paved surfaces with these solar panels, it is estimated that they would generate three times as much energy as we currently use.

 

Solar roadways are the way of the future, putting unproductive roadways to work, and creating green energy. We need to push our government and our fellow citizens to advocate for solar energy. The sun is not going to run out anytime soon, and if we could harness its immense energy, then we may be able to help save our planet.

 

Could solar roadways be the solution to the growing energy crisis? Let me know what you think in the comments below or find me on Twitter @whatsthesich