USDOT & Paved Solar Cells – What Are They and Are They Effective?

The company Solar Roadways provides hope for the U.S. ambitions to also have solar roads. In November 2015, it received a $750,000 two-year SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the work done so far has proved the panels’ viability. This is good news considering that most U.S. states do not have the budget to cover road repairs, let alone lay down a new road. Such technology could offer a solution. The company is also factoring in new ways to harness the electricity output through cable corridors that might replace utility wires. The idea, that could reduce power outages from downed lines, is to lay corridors by the road with two sections: one for electric cables and one for passage of water.