Solar Roadways built the lot with hexagonal panels that contain circuits, LEDs, and even heat to melt ice and snow when needed.
Founded by Scott and Julie Brusaw, Solar Roadways creates solar panels that can withstand vehicular traffic and the company has just built a prototype parking lot made out of the hexagonal solar panels.
The hexagonal solar panels not only harness solar energy, but are also fitted with circuits, LEDs, and a heating system to melt ice and snow — creating an intelligent system aimed to modernize the current infrastructure.
The prototype parking lot includes provisions for power and data cables to eliminate the need for overhead power lines. The Solar Roadways system also includes a component for storing, treating, and redistributing stormwater to address a requirement by the Federal Highway Administration.
Solar Roadways won first place both in GE’s Ecomagination Challenge for “Powering the Grid” in 2010, and in the 2011 Ecomagination Challenge for “Powering the Home.”
The company has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funding for the solar panels. The funds raised will be used to hire engineers and professions to work on streamlining the process and get the solar panels ready for production. The campaign ends on May 31st.
Check out the Indiegogo video below.