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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.

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