An artists conception of engineer Scott Bursaw's proposed solar roadway, which would resist ice and snow. Image is courtesy of CNN.
Glass roads; is it a glass ceiling in disguise?
An article from CNN states that companies in the USA are working on making solar glass roads to stave off snow and ice. This principle sounds fantastic in the true sense of the word, but what if?
Can we see it working ladies and gents? Could it work in the UK or Europe? What about installation and maintainence? How would the rubber from the tyres affect its performance? Finally, of course what if an accident damaged it, how could it be repaired or replaced?
It is said that the energy generated could run LED street lights and enable a fully green solution. However how green are solar panels in this quantity when we look at the cost in carbon to make them and of course the not so green battery issues?
So many questions, so who has all the answers? I look forward to hearing your thoughts.................