Thinking about installing solar panels on the roof? How about the parking lot? Scott and Julie Brusaw from Idaho came out with a road surface made of solar panels a few years ago. And now they have developed impact-resistant solar panels that will be a good road surface as well as an energy source.
Covering a 12- by 36-foot parking lot, their new working prototype surface features panels which are hexagonal (curves and hills get better coverage) and are heated so snow and ice can be easily removed from it. The glass covered panels even come with LEDs for displaying road markings and messages. They have been tested for traction and can withstand a load of 250,000 pounds. The video below shows a tractor being driven over the prototype parking lot which also comes with a dedicated channel for drainage and utilities.
Small solar parking lots will be a good energy source for powering street signs and lamps. And if enough of them are laid out across a city, it could power homes and all the buildings around the place.
But the commercialization of the new creation will only happen if the couple get a big fund from their indiegogo campaign. They have currently managed to raise $29,981 out of a goal of $1,000,000 with 23 days to go.