Solar Roads to Form an Energy Grid?

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Hey guys!

Happy St Patrick’s Day!! Hope you celebrate it and have fun! I thought that since people are supposed to wear green clothes, this blog would also turn green! So at least for today I’ll blog about green innovation and what are the applications of 3D to help the planet and its people… 🙂

I came across a video that introduces a not-so-crazy concept to deliver green energy in a massive amount and fairly logical way. Scott Brusaw, the guy behind this, came up with the idea that roads were environmentally inneficient and that they should pay for themselves. Now that is out of the box right?

He thinks that roads could be improved to sort of glass ones, with solar panels inside to absorb the sun’s energy. And since they lead to our cities, houses, cinemas, gig venues, etc. they would then provide the amount of energy needed, thus paying back what they initially cost. This would turn into some kind of grid providing energy.

There are obviously numerous issues to overcome beforehand like the strength of the glass surface or the transparency – will sun beams go through the surface? Will they reflect into drivers’ eyes? Etc.

But let’s not spoil the fun, here is the video!

Tell me what you think guys! It’s pretty amazing and I am sure there is a way to help this project with 3D and lifelike PLM… would it be feasible? Is it one of these ideas that just can’t work? I’m personally sure it can work, it feels logical to me… tell me what you think!

Thanks for reading! 😉


  • What a wild idea!
    Probably highly climate dependant, so good for areas lots of sunshine and low inclement weather. Not so good for areas with lots of snow.

    Might be even more workable as a thermal energy collection grid for conversion to electricity AND leveraging of heat pump or geo-thermal technology? That way you wouldn’t need to really change the surface material.

    Or even collecting the energy created by vehicles as they travel along the road?(repetitive compression/decompression of the surface)

    The mind boggles at the possibilities.

  • Definitely thrilling indeed! Your ideas sound great too! I am sure it will become reality someday… when you think about it, everything goes towards networks and grid – whether it is online with social media or in the physical world with electricity networks (and I am sure we can find tons of other examples). Roads being a network in itself, it is only logical to add new “features” to this existing grid! I am so looking forward to see the future! 🙂