inventor pushes solar panels for roads
The solar panels built by Idaho inventor Scott brousso are not suitable for the roof.
They are used for roads, lanes, parking lots, bike lanes, and highways.
Electrical engineer bluso said the hexagon
The molded panels can withstand the wear and tear of power from bad weather and large and small vehicles.
\"We need to rebuild our infrastructure,\" said Brussels, head of solar roads at Sandpoint, Idaho, about 145 km kilometers northeast of Spokane, Washington.
His ideas include \"what everyone likes \".
\"Environmental activists like this,\" he said . \"
\"People who deny climate change like it because it creates jobs.
\"While the idea sounds a bit strange to some, it has already received $850 in seed funding from the federal government, raising $2 m in the crowd --
And won the praise of celebrities.
Design and energy solar roads are part of a larger campaign to integrate renewable energy technologies
Including wind, geothermal and hydro
Seamless integration into society.
The Washington, DC-based trading group Solar Industry Association describes companies like solar roads as \"niche markets\" for the booming alternative energy industry \".
\"They represent the types of innovations that address design and energy issues, while demonstrating the diversity of solar applications,\" said Tom jinbis, vice president of the association . \".
In addition to producing energy, solar panels can melt ice and snow, and display warning messages or traffic lines through LED lights, Bruso said.
There are skeptics who want to know the durability of the panels, the panels are covered with Nuby tempered glass, how they behave in bad weather, or are covered with dirt.
Lamar Evans of the National Renewable Energy Association in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, said financial reality \"seems reasonable and will be very expensive . \".
Another problem, Evans says, is how to store the power that could be generated.
The cost of solar panels is not estimated in Brussels, so the financial reality of their vision is still unknown.
To demonstrate the concept, the company created a small parking lot at its headquarters using 108 solar panels.
He said the vehicle had been driven into space without damaging the panel.
\"We will start with the driveway and the sidewalk,\" he said . \".
Bruso said his wife, Julie, came up with the idea after watching the former Vice President Gore\'s global warming film, An Inconvenient Truth.
In the next stage, she remembered that Scott had been talking about the concept of electric roads.
Over the past few years, the Federal Highway Administration has given Brussels $850 to develop solar roads and build prototype parking lots.
This year, they turned to the crowd of Indiegogo --
Raise more money and move into the next phase.
Brussels says the campaign, launched on Earth Day, is starting to be frustrating.
Donations slowly flowed in, but two factors helped spread the company\'s vision: celebrity mentions on YouTube videos and social media.
The number of video views exceeded 14 million.
When Star Trek star actor George Takei and TV show MythBusters mentioned the company, the floodgates opened.
They received donations from more than 45 000 people from 50 countries.
Brussels says the money will enable the company to hire employees and start producing more panels.
\"Once we have perfected everything, our ultimate goal will be the highway,\" he said . \"