So let’s take a look at an idea that has gotten…less than favorable feedback.  It’s a big idea, and it’s out there, but let’s keep this in mind: at this point in the green revolution, it’s not all or nothing.  This concept doesn’t specifically have to do with cars, but rather the roads cars drive on.

Scott Brusaw of Solar Roadways has a vision for America: replace existing roadways not with oil-based asphalt, but solar panels.  Well, solar panels covered by high-tech, non-slip, self-cleaning glass.  The idea is: use the infrastructure already in place as a convenient space to capture, store, and transport solar energy.  Take a look at this video for a better explanation.

Gotta admit, it sounds a little wild.  It’s expensive (about $7,000 for a 12′ by 12′ panel or about $35 trillion to replace all of the roads in America), it has that “too good to be true” feel about it, but more importantly, it’s never been done before.  That’s the scary part.  We’re talking about solar energy (still in its infancy here in the States), glass panels to cover them that have never been made before, and a way to electrify our country that hasn’t really been considered. There’s a lot of fodder for the naysayers right there.

No one likes to fail.  Unfortunately, that’s a part of being successful.  If the numbers are right, if the projections are right, Scott might actually be on to something here.  I think it’s at least worth trying out in some sunny place, and Scott did get a $100k grant for his work, so hopefully a trial is in the future.  The US is beginning to lose the clean energy race, and if I know anything, we don’t like to lose.  Remember: failing and losing aren’t the same thing.  Which one are we going to choose?

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