The Solar Panel Driveway

A new way to make driveways environmental friendly is to cover it with solar cells. This was what a couple from United States did. The couple thought of an inventive and creative way by covering their office driveway with solar cells that are shaped like honey comb which are also impact-resistant.

The couple, Julie Brusaw and Scott Brusaw, hails from Idaho. They are driven with a vision that all of America’s roads be wrapped with solar cells. To start realizing this, they first started with their place. The campaign they are launching is the ‘Indiegogo campaign’.

The prototype that the couple is using is equipped with a panel that has heating elements which could readily melt snow and ice. It has five-color LED lighting which will create road line as well as corridors to store storm water. The glass surface of the panel can withstand at least 250,000 pounds.

The couple is aiming to raise at least a million dollars to be able to produce the project. Research and Development stage has already been finished. The Brusaws do not want to sell their idea to investors or in the stock market because they do not want that the product will be manufactured outside the country.

What are solar panels? Solar panels are made up of solar cells. These small cells are spread over an area so that they can provide enough power. The more it is exposed to sunlight, the more electricity or power that the cell produces. Spacecrafts are designed in a way that the solar panels are pointed at the sun for this very reason.

Are solar cells efficient source of power? Most solar panels convert 22 percent of their energy into electricity. Do solar panels easily wear out? When compared with other power sources, the solar panel wears out very slowly. In a span of five years, the solar panel will still be effectively making 90 percent of what it has been making at the beginning.

How do solar cells convert sun’s energy to electric power? The solar cells are made up of semiconductor like silicon. These are attached to a circuit and as sunlight strikes the semiconductor, light is immediately converted to electricity.