It's the kind of project that seems to be straight out of a sci-fi movie. Something we might see in the future but never in our own lifetime.
I'm taking about Solar Street Pavers.
It's a system of solar panels that are laid flat on the ground which you can actually walk and drive on. The panels also contain LED lights to create dividers and lines so that the roads never have to be painted.
The panels are made of glass with a tractioned surface giving it the same feel and grip of asphalt.
The real genius of these panel is that fact that they can actually be used to recharge electric vehicles as they are driving on it. Which means electric vehicles would never have to worry about running out of power.
The roads would also keep animals and drivers safer because if a moose or a deer were to wander onto the road, the panels would detect them and light up to warn you about the upcoming threat.
One thing is for sure, this idea needs to come to Quebec ASAP, here's why:
The panels also have a bonus application that really would come in handy in Quebec and would offset the cost of this entire project. Each paver contains heating elements which means they prevent the build up of snow and ice on the roads and sidewalks, which would save Montreal $155,000,000 a year.
Plus we would save all the money we normally spend on painting street lines, and the LED could even be used to direct traffic which means we save an extra 8,000,000 a year we would normally spend on cope directing traffic.
Now, I know what you're thinking. We can't have this here, we're the pothole capital of the world. That's where these panels really prove their worth...
They are impervious to potholes. It's the miracle we've all been waiting for.
The company that developed this technology claims that if you replaced 1 out of 3 roads in the US with Solar Pavers, it would generate the equivalent of the entire country's energy consumption.
So if we installed them here, Hydro-Quebec might actually be demoted to the 2nd biggest energy provider.
Do we really need another reason to make this happen?
And just to prove this isn't a pie in the sky project, Missouri has actually installing the panels and expect the work to be done by the end of the year.