The Solar Parking Lot (Isaiah Mouw, Parking Matters, Spr. 14, 2014)
Also discussed here: City driving to get roadway test grant (Cameron Rasmusson, Bonner Conty Dail Bee, Apr. 3, 2014)
And here: Solar Roadways
The Promise of Solar Roadways: Scott Brusaw at TEDxSacramento (16 min. You-Tube video)
Today we review progress by the inventor of Solar Roadways, Scott Brusaw, toward his goal of using photoelectric cells embedded in glass pavements in highways across the USA which would replace the energy generated by fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions in half. He has now passed two phases of tests and development funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and has just finished building an outdoor parking 12 by 36 ft. lot which is described in the references noted. A key advantage for colder climates in addition to the electrical energy generated which could be used to recharge electric cars is the capability to melt snow that falls on the parking lot – and, when economically feasible, for driveways for private homes. Brusaw’s home city of Sandpoint in Utah, USA is seeking DOT funding to test a solar street in its downtown.
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