A solar highway
Solar Roadways is an Idaho startup that plans to create smart roads that produce clean energy, protects lives, saves money, and creates jobs. They've raised almost $2 million on Indiegogo.
A rendition of a solar panel interstate.
Image: Sam Cornett
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Lyndsey Gilpin is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. She covers sustainability, tech leadership, 3D printing, and social entrepreneurship. She's co-author of the upcoming book, Follow the Geeks (bit.ly/ftgeeks).
With regards to the person who sounds like a Neanderthal with regards to CO2 reaching historic levels and calling that BS - look at this graph http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/history.html and call it BS again. Or perhaps you judge CO2 content of the atmosphere by counting the hairs on your left big toe. None of this is in the Bible or covered by any religion or that accurately by any Media company, Faux and Friends alike. They all have business agendas to make more money. Unless they sell sun block or survival gear, they make more money now by ignoring climate change, as you seem determined to do.
This rendition is obviously drawn by someone who knows nothing about basic safety practices and ADA regulations or does not care. It shows a zero-face curb (no height difference between parking and sidewalks) w/ no wheel stops, no truncated domes ("bumps") to tell the visually impaired where the sidewalk ends, and no barrier between autos and pedestrians to prevent "older driver kills 14 on sidewalk"
When everyone is done playing games we will build these.
Full speed ahead! A big thanks, BTW, to the (Fox!) series Cosmos, for taking all of the political bullspit out of climate change with its last episode, and for showing that CO2 has jumped to a frightening level since the industrial revolution.
The sun is an absolute no-brainer source of energy, and a pox on anyone from either side who brings politics into the discussion.
@TreePapa The solar roadway surface is pebbled.
@TreePapa You may want to consider that by the time solar highways/streets are in place, we'll be in driverless vehicles.
@thebaldguy CO2 at a frightening level?
You've been drinking too many gallons of the global warming junk science kool-aid.
Try real science for a change, where consensus science is considered junk science, and global warming is as scientific as political science and astrology. In fact, astrology could be spun as being more scientific than global warming "science".