Solar powered roads will surely be the new thing in North America. We use solar power for so many things and naturally (and because the results have been so great), solar powered roadways are the way to go. It is arguably the most sustainable form of electricity and renewable energy we have (alongside wind energy and hydroelectricity), and implementing it in as many areas as possible would be great for not only the economy, but to also combat climate change and global warming.
How Does Solar Energy Work?
PV – Photovoltaic
DC – Direct Current
AC – Alternating Current
The panels on your rooftop are PV cells, and they convert sunlight to DC electricity which then gets sent to an inverter that converts this DC electricity into AC electricity. The panels then send this converted energy to the parts of your home needing electricity like appliances and lights. Lastly, the energy you used gets measured and sent back to the grid.
So to put it simply, the sun feeds the panels and the panels convert the energy, and send it to your home to use.
Benefits of Solar Powered Roads?
There is a wide array of benefits that come from using solar energy, one of which is that it is economical. You can save a large chunk of money by choosing to go solar powered. Even if it is expensive, it is an investment.
Solar powered roads can help provide electricity to the city and the peace of mind knowing that it is all done through renewable energy. If you think about it, roadways get hit by daylight 80% of the time in most of the world, so trying to integrate this type of energy is important and a no-brainer.
The Netherlands was the first country to install solar roads (in this case a bike path) and, according to data, they are producing much more power than expected! The roads are essentially glass covered solar panels with the addition of silicon and asphalt that withstand weight and traffic. You can read more about this story here.
Would you like to see this green, solar powered road system integrated in Canada? Let us know in the comments!
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