Besides all the mentioned downsides there are some factors that show the potential of a road covered in modular solar units, specifically in achieving decarbonization. The most obvious being that they can generate electricity. They are also equipped with LED lighting and heating elements making them safe during warm and cold weather alike. They are smart in the sense that each unit contains sensors allowing it not only to communicate with each other but also to collect data. Under the framework of Electrification companies like
But these are just the technical sides of it. A road that in the long run earns money for the municipal offers
That is why we consider those technological innovations beyond there feasibility at the moment. Yes, there are issues with it right now but we value the possibility for experiments – in thought or action. Solar
To further push solar roads Solmove is planning several more projects not only in Germany but LA and China as well. In the latter, they are combining a solar road with a specific lane for electric shuttle buses to mention just one example.
Check out their website for more information on the technology and the vision behind the project:
And for more ideas on how solar roads can be beneficial check out this campaigning video from solar roadways: