The “ #SolaRoad ” project was built. Next time you’re out for a stroll on a sunny afternoon, bend down and touch the sidewalk. All the warmth you feel is solar energy, frittered away into useless heat. Now picture the vast expanses of roads and parking lots all over the world, baking in the sun. What if that #sunlight could be harnessed for electricity? What if, instead of cement and asphalt, roads were paved with solar cells?
In a stretch of bike path in the #Netherlands , a design consortium has turned that techno-futuristic vision into a promising, reality. The 230-foot-long bike path in the town of Krommenie opened to the public last week, and its creators, the research group TNO, say it is the world’s first public road to include embedded solar cells. In the U.S., husband-and-wife duo Scott and Julie Brusaw have dedicated their lives to a similar vision. Their Idaho-based Solar Roadways project has interlocking hexagonal panels which keep roads a few degrees above freezing, thus eliminating the danger of winter ice. Underground channels running alongside the solar roads would house electrical cables, eliminating the need for telephone poles. If all roads, parking lots, driveways, playgrounds, bike paths, and sidewalks in the continental U.S. were replaced with Solar Roadways’ panels, they would produce over three times the electricity currently used in the country. The era of attainable solar power is already here.
The ‘Free Electricity program’ recorded by the ‘State of Renewable Energy in #India ‘, has shown it is possible, with solar energy to provide free electricity to cities, meanwhile corrupt senators have been chomping away to end the self sustainable free energy, which could be a global system to provide a huge transformation in the quality of life for many poor. The country of #Peru is looking to provide free electricity to over 2 million of its poorest citizens by harvesting #energy from the sun. Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino said that the National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program will provide electricity to #poor households.
If #Peru can do this for its people, it makes you think why not the rest of us??