FAQ - Climate Change

How can Solar Roadways help with Climate Change?

We believe that Solar Roadways (SR) if implemented on a grand scale, offers the most viable solution to Climate Change. Our (very conservative) calculations indicate that if every walking and driving surface in the U.S. were converted to SR, it would produce more than 3 times the energy we use. We are working on two fronts: 1. We hear the tick, tick of the clock as the Climate Crisis worsens, knowing that our product can help if we can just provide the product fast enough. 2. As it worsens, the extreme weather events will become more intense and frequent and the features of SRPs can help people to cope and stay safer. Of course, we our greatest hope is to move quickly enough to prevent the crisis from getting any worse.

How do Solar Road Panels handle extremely wet conditions, like flooding? 

SRPs are hermetically sealed so that is not a problem. 

Can Solar Road Panels withstand periods of being immersed? 

Yes, we’ve had two panels immersed in a tub of water in our shop for four months and they are still going strong. 

How do Solar Road Panels handle extremely dry conditions? 

That would cause no problems. 

How would temperature shifts affect Solar Road Panels? 

There would be no effect. The panels weigh 70-pounds, so they behave like a 70-pound heat sink: they don’t change temperature easily or quickly.

Can Solar Road Panels withstand extreme heat? 

Yes. Solar cells are less effective with extreme heat, but the rest of the system is unaffected.

Will you offer panels without heating elements at a cheaper price?

No, all SRPs will contain heating elements. Climate Change is causing areas to receive snow and previously had none. We don’t know how much worse this is going to get so it makes sense that all panels have heating elements that can be activated if they are needed. In addition, we have found a very cost effective method for adding heating elements. Removing it would not create a noticeable cost savings.