Solar Roads in the Future?
Submission by Jennifer Piette, FPU class of 2019.



Solar Roads in the Future?
Submission by Jennifer Piette, FPU class of 2019.

Image The road towards the future is always unknown, but what if that road could give society electricity without polluting the air and water? Solar roads would solve many environmental issues currently facing human societies and the natural world. For example, fossil fuels are still the world's leading energy source despite all of the negative consequences to human health and the environment. If SolaRoad were introduced, estimates suggest it would create seven kwh per square meter per year. Currently, there's a seventy meter stretch of SolaRoad bike path in Krommenie near Amsterdam; this roadway has produced more than three thousand kwh in a six month trial. If all four million one hundred twenty thousand square miles of road in the United States were converted into solar road, it could provide more than enough electricity to sustain the entire world. Though implementation at this scale isn't realistic any time soon, the example does help quantify the untapped potential of solar roads!

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