Very cool! :D
Very cool! :D
Why do I keep stumbling this stupidity?
At just 20,000 times the cost of asphalt, why wait?
To actually, economically implement this, you're asking not that solar become cost competitive with coal/nuclear (which it isn't yet, though it's getting there). You're asking that building solar panels becomes cost competitive with concrete/asphalt. That's just not going to happen.
Even if you factor in the money from selling the generated energy to the grid, the main strain on roads is not climate, or even extreme weather conditions like ice. Roads are broken by thousands, hundreds of thousands, and millions of cars, each putting at least a quarter ton on a square foot area (quarter of the car's weight on each tire). Do this to any material all day, every day, for years, and it will break down. The problem with having a solar panel there is that it's incredibly expensive, and once cracked or smashed, its power output goes down by a factor of 5 or more. A little more damage after that and its power drops to zero.
Unless he's making indestructible solar panels, or otherwise using a technique I just can't fathom, this is the most impractical, short-life use of solar panels I have ever seen.
A much better idea is to create a canopy over standard roads using the solar panels, which they are testing in LA. No stresses due to vehicles, plus it keeps the road cool.