Sunday, August 21, 2011

Solar-Heated, LED-Lit Roads Could Help Make Winter Driving Safer

An Idaho based company is developing a solar-heated and powered system for parking areas and road. The panel is composed of LED lights and solar panels, and will be able to generate 7.6 Kw/H/day and will be used to melt snow and ice during the winter.

This project implications are numerous, such as helping homeowners, connecting it to an electrical grid to power businesses and charging stations for vehicles. The embedded LEDs will be used as warning signals and detour indications, and could even be used by airports to guide airplane in the right landing strip.

Even though the installation costs are three times greater than asphalt, the project will pay for itself over time as the solar panels collect, store and distribute energy to nearby areas.

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