Solar Roadways – Ecomagination Challenge Community Winner

October 7, 2010, GE announced that Solar Roadways was the winner of $50,000 for receiving the most votes as best idea from the registered participants in the Ecomagination Challenge Community.  Solar Roadways proposes to make roads, parking lots, and driveways into sources of energy by using “structurally-engineered recyclable solar panels that are driven upon”  In fact, however, they propose to go much further than that, to actually make the road smart by integrating load cells, LEDs, microprocessors, networks etc., so the road will ‘know’ if a bicycle, person or deer were walking on it, or to provide lane guidance or warning information from the LEDs embedded in the road itself.

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