Video: This Korean highway with an integrated solar panel array is the future
Solar power has been getting a lot of support because well, we love our sun just as much as it loves to send us lots and lots of energy in different forms–mainly heat and many photons of light and radiation.
That said, we’ve been finding better ways to take advantage of our sun’s love by harnessing its energy to power our world. This also means increasing the demand and research of photovoltaic cells. And that means they’re more affordable. So guess what, they’re showing up more often.
You’ll find them on lamp posts, rooftops, and…highways?
Well, at least in South Korea between Daejeon and Sejong you will. In a region about 100 miles south of Seoul, exists a stretch of highway with a solar panel array integrated into the center median. Given how highways are pretty much lines of concrete through open space, this makes total sense.
While South Korea may not be the first to design a highway with a solar panel array integrated into it since there’s one in Holland. However, it is significantly smaller, at just 230-feet long and being a road segment rather than an entire stretch of highway.
Check out the interesting YouTube bit below.