“Asphalt roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need asphalt roads.”

I like it when I see a future idea I had being brought into some kind of reality.

No ideas are original, so the idea of a road generating power via solar panels is not ground-breaking in itself but still, it means I’m not a dribbling idiot…which is always nice to confirm.

I get ‘Popular Science’ magazine every month and this month there’s an article, ‘Environmental Visionaries: The Solar Roadrunner‘. About a company, Solar Roadways, who want to ‘cover all concrete and asphalt surfaces that are exposed to the sun with Solar Road Panels‘.

I’ve briefly mentioned this before, ‘Self-Sustainable and Carbon Neutral Car Travel‘, and this newer article doesn’t really say anything new just that the project is still going ahead with a few little targets to get it live and achieving a critical mass by starting out in McDonald car parks.

I think a better way of generating power AND being beneficial to the customers would be to install hamster wheels in a McDonalds car park and have them running round, powering the deep fat fryers.