Solar-Energised Roads


Wet roads in summer are bad enough but how much worse in winter. Suppose we could avoid icy roads?

I have been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport for longer than I care to admit and in this month’s issue of the journal “Focus”, there is a feature article on constructing roads to absorb energy from the sun and feed it back later, maybe months later.  While the energy cost of constructing these roads is not small, the energy savings and the multiple advantages of not having iced roads in winter are clearly worth some thought and investigation. By the way, some of these roads already exist and they do work.

Why leave the discussion at this point without going into detail?  Well, we really do have to start being a bit more innovative and bit less hide-bound by restrictive regulation and regulators. We need to strat voting for longer term thinking in the governments we elect.

Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 2 August 16