Imagine a road that can power your electric vehicle and generate three times the amount of electricity currently produced in the United States. Your parking spot, bike lane, driveway and playground could contribute to this power surge. It’s no longer science fiction – solar roadways are on their way to becoming reality.
Meet Julie and Scott Brusaw. The couple has been working on creating an industrial strength solar panel that can withstand the weight of heavy trucks, as well as the type of wear and tear normally found in asphalt. They now believe they have the solution, in a specially-textured glass coating of the panels that can both handle heavy loads and support standard tire traction. In addition, electric cars can be charged by a receiver mounted underneath the vehicle, which connects to an adapter in the solar panels themselves.
Still skeptical that this could work? Don’t be, both Google and the Federal Highway Administration have provided financial support for prototypes. One of the couple’s U.S. senators, Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) has also provided support for the idea.
They still need funding to take their project past the prototype stage. From now until May 31, they are raising funds on Indiegogo. Why crowdfunding, when so many other major investors could easily raise the one million dollars for their next round? According to their website:
The idea to launch a crowdfunding campaign came to us from so many supporters that we looked into it. We have always been concerned about protecting our vision to implement this in the way that we think will have the most benefit: creating American jobs rather than outsourcing and then adding manufacturing facilities in other countries.
That way we could help the economies everywhere providing many thousands of jobs. We have a vision for the way our facilities will be – campus like – with a positive atmosphere. We want to use as many recycled materials as we can and keep our manufacturing process as green as possible.
How’s that for a project that could revolutionize how we fuel our vehicles, power our buildings and how we do our work.