Without the free market, who would build the solar-powered roads? (VIDEO)

Without the free market, who would build the solar-powered roads? (VIDEO)

 Muh statist fallacies debunked! 

A new company called Solar Roadways is developing a ground-breaking new road surface that could revolutionize the entire energy and transportation industries. The solar panels could theoretically produce more energy than the entire United States uses if it were deployed nationwide.

Solar Roadways has developed a working prototype of their glass panel that they are crowdsourcing funds from in order to move forward towards full-scale production. The brainchild of Scott and Julie Brusaw, the hexagonal glass panels are fixed with LED lights that would be able to create safer roadways at night. The electricity generated from the panels could be directed to buildings, and even the cars themselves through induction.

But wait, there’s more.

These nifty panels also generate heat, which means that they’d be useful in keeping ice and snow off the roadways. The LED’s could make signs in order to warn drivers of any danger. Any excess energy produced by the panels could even be sold back to the power company.

Since all of the panels are wired to the grid, if any of them are broken you would know instantly and be able to tell exactly where the breakage occurs. There’s even talk about running high-speed Internet through the panels.

As of this moment the company has raised $110,000 of their $1 million goal, and you can help them towards that by clicking here.

Now we know the answer to the age-old question: Without government, who would build the hi-tech, solar-powered, energy-saving roads? Apparently, the private market. Take that Solyndra!



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  • Brandon W
    May 13, 2014, 2:40 pm

    According to their Indiegogo campaign, the prototypes were built with funding from the Federal Highway Administration. “Solar Roadways has received two phases of funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration for research and development of a paving system that will pay for itself over its lifespan. We are about to wrap up our Phase II contract (to build a prototype parking lot) and now need to raise funding for production.”

    So there’s that…

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  • X3Charlie
    May 13, 2014, 2:56 pm

    I once had an idea where maybe they could put solar panel roofs over the roads which would provide power and shade. This sounds awesome, I want them already!

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  • M2bandit
    May 13, 2014, 3:04 pm

    “Without the free market, who would build the solar-powered roads?”
    Apparently the government. They had $ 850K in government grants. one for 100k and the second for $750k.

    $850k in government money and they still haven’t released cost projections of a single tile. They’re trying to crowd source another million. Their refusal to release cost projections sure makes it seem like it isn’t viable.

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  • Jon Fye
    May 13, 2014, 3:43 pm

    I’m sure they’ll work great until someone actually tries to drive a car on the panels which will break them.

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  • Guest@M2bandit
    May 14, 2014, 6:54 am

    Source?

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