The concept of the Solar Road has won the Ecomagination Challenge, securing them a nice check to help with their startup. For those that have missed out on what a Solar Road is; it is a road with solar panels integrated into it. A clever idea that allows the road to act as a generator and provide power.
Currently they are working on the glass plate that is the top layer, a challenging task as the properties that are needed:
- Transparancy to allow the sun light to pass through
- Strength to be able to support vehicles
- Traction to allow cars to drive safely on glass
Getting this power to your electric vehicle could be done for example by means of induction, another technology that is getting a lot of attention.