After installing the Phase II prototype parking lot, we realized that some improvements could be made to the SR2 panel design. We knew we wanted to increase the solar cell coverage, since SR2 had only 69-percent surface coverage. We decided that if we used edge connectors, we could eliminate the mounting holes which were taking up needed real estate on the panels. This change increased our solar cell coverage by 25-percent. The edge connector also makes the panels simpler to install. Solar Roadways® has purchased machinery to take on more and more of the manufacturing in house. Learn more about SR3 panels here.
In November of 2015, we received the award: 2-year $750,000 Phase IIB SBIR contract. This contract will enable the needed research to move toward road and highway installations. Read about the research that this contract will fund here.
The sheer amount of surfaces each country devotes to roadways is enormous. Allowing that space to double as a solar farm could have very positive implications in the battle to put a halt to Climate Change. Mark Dixon, of the YERT team just returned from COP21 in Paris and shared these thoughts with us.
Our journey thus far has been a wild mix of faith, really hard work, opportunities to connect with amazing people who want to share the journey with us, travel to incredible new places, and gratitude. Where will this journey lead? Our hope is that the goals we set in the formative stages of SR will be reached: world-wide installation of SR driveways, parking lots, and highways… enough to provide clean energy for all. It will take a global acceptance and thousands of people working together to make it happen. Thank you for sharing our journey and telling others, so they can join in too.