|But imagine you could charge your mobile phone from the road you’re standing on. Well, what about this. You may have walked around a street or an industrial estate and noticed many homes or businesses with solar panelling on the rooftops – it is, after all, a common sight. However, some years ago, a planet-friendly mobile phones expert noticed there were no solar panels in roads, cycle tracks, pathways or fields and he questioned why not?
Donald Muller-Judex started a company called Solmove. It develops a carpet made from flexible glass which is jam-packed with solar cells. It can be used on flat roofs, cycle paths, pedestrian walkways, footbridges, roadways, and lanes. And next month the eco-friendly business mobile phones expert gets to show off its innovative ideas at a museum in Berlin – specifically, a museum of the future.
Solmove is already involved in several road solar projects across Europe. It has already received around $2.2 million in crowdsourcing funds and examples of pathway solar panelling exist across the world and not just in Europe.
The Brusaws, an Idaho family, have installed and developed a solar car parking lot outside their home, there is a solar pathway in Amsterdam and one firm in France intends to lay a staggering 620 miles of solar pathways. But there are those who are questioning whether solar roads and pathways are needed. After all, the cost of installation and maintenance of solar roof panels is dropping at some rate.
We already know that the technology behind solar roofing works, so why not install cheap and environmentally friendly solar panels on every roof and fulfil our energy needs this way?
The thing is, Europe has a lot less space than the United States has. People are crammed into small towns and cities and there are more roofs per 1,000 people there than there are in the U.S. Countries like Germany are also looking for alternative means of energy so it can close its nuclear power plants at some time in the future and this means it would probably install rooftop solar panels throughout the nation first.