Changing Asphalt Roads Into Solar Collectors

Changing Asphalt Roads Into Solar Collectors

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road-to-2007-sm.jpgBlacktop is exceptionally good at soaking up the sun’s warmth. Now, a research team has found a way to use that heat-soaking property for an alternative energy source. Through asphalt, the researchers are developing a solar collector that could turn roads and parking lots into ubiquitous—and inexpensive—sources of electricity and hot water. (Environmental News Network)

(Image courtesy of Pamela Shandel)


  1. That is an ingenuous idea! Think of how many square *kilometers* of heat absorbing, pitch black asphalt that are in this part of the world, it’s almost stupid not to take advantage of it like this! This is the kind of thinking that will save the world!!