I am still not sure how I feel about the Solar Roadways project, but it is certainly an interesting idea.
Personally, I question if putting solar panels directly on the road makes as much sense as putting them on the side of the road. After all, solar panels are extremely sensitive to shade, and automobiles aren’t exactly transparent. And then you have the issues of dirt and wear and tear.
I do like the idea of a “Smart Road”, which seems to be the main focus of Mr. Brusaw’s project. It will be interesting to see where this idea goes and how much more funding the project will receive. They recently received $50,000 from GE’s Ecoimagination Challenge for receiving the most user-submitted votes.