The French government has committed to building one thousand kilometres of solar roads, joining solar-road-pioneering nations such as The Netherlands and Korea.
Wattway, the manufacturer of the solar road panels, claims that a home can be powered by only 20m2 of solar road panels. This would mean that 1km of solar road could power a town of 5,000 people.
Solar Roads are extremely efficient in terms of space, as they are installed in pre-existing roadways and take advantage of otherwise wasted sunlight and space. Some solar road systems also integrate led lights for signage and internal cable storage lines which can eliminate the need for ugly and inconvenient outdoor power poles and lines.
New York based architectural firm Dror has built a reputation for producing designs and ideas that push boundaries, and this one is no different.
The master-plan project is a design for a Children’s Museum in Istanbul, nestled in amongst the famous Faith Forest. The Dror team has taken the term “nestled” to the next level, designing a structure that will allow the forest to reclaim the museums space by growing right over the top.
The machine is designed to improve the lives of India’s poorer lower class, by empowering them with a highly efficient and inexpensive power generation tool that is easy to operate.
Take a look at the promotional video.