Solar Freakin’ Roadways!
America loves it’s oil. Screw renewables, right? Because let’s face it, the world can be cleaned by someone else. As easily upset pretentious apes, us humans have few comforts in the changing world like fossil fuels. Our old friends coal, gas, and oil, they would never hurt us; they kick started the industrial revolution!
Let’s face it folks, global warming isn’t coming… it’s already here. We have study after study showing the effects. It’s time to ditch the medieval technology and move toward the future. Solar has been a good option, wind being another good choice. Both have drawbacks of course, no one likes wind farms and the solar farms don’t fare too much better.
Of course America is falling apart as it stands, a good chunk of the roads and bridges we use today were first built during World War 2, nothing should live that long, certainly not bridges.
Luckily there is a solution [see how I did that?]. What if you could repair the roads and harvest totally renewable solar energy?
It’s not a trick question, it’s solar freakin’ roads! Imagine a future where snow would be melted off the road on it’s own. A future where the roads are lit with LED’s to help driver visibility in poorly lit areas. One where all the energy we use and more comes from the road underneath our car. Not only that, but roads are easily repaired using modular technology, no more shutting down roads for days at a time.
Why imagine! Solar Roadways is a very real thing and they need your help, it’s obvious that it is a tall order to replace all our roads with solar roads. It’s not going to be easy to kick that oil habit, but we need to do it and they need you to donate.
Typically I don’t ask for people to donate to causes, there has been exactly one other time that I even suggested donating to a good cause. This isn’t just a good cause, this isn’t even just the future, we need this.
Think about the amount of jobs a project like this would create, local jobs, not those jobs that get sent overseas. Think about how safe our roadways could be without having to worrying about things like snow or poor road markings. Think about the environment and all the greenhouse gasses that could be stopped by switching over to solar.
Talk is cheap, how much energy would be made by replacing all our roads with these solar roads– in the worst case scenario only about 3 times the amount of energy. No that wasn’t a typo, if this actually happens, we could provide 3 times the amount of energy [on a bad day] than the entire United States of America uses.
This wasn’t calculated with some exotic technology, this is using the technology we have today, not tomorrow. So when we somehow manage to exceed our energy needs [by 3 times the amount we use now, I just love saying that] the modular road could be easily replaced with new technology for far cheaper than current road replacement costs.
My head’s still spinning with the implications of this sort of improvement, it would be the first major upgrade to our infrastructure since World War 2. You wouldn’t want to fly on a plane that is from world war 2 every day, why would you want to use bridges and roadways that are that old?
So what reason do you need for this? Help the environment, check; save the economy, check; lower energy costs, check; badass super futuristic looking technology, check. Come on you know you want it.
Please, please, please, even if it is just change donate what you can to the cause, I am. You can find the indiegogo donation page here.
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