We make many things out of glass: window-panes, bottles, fish-tanks and even roads – yes, roads!
An enterprising company in the Netherlands is now busy commercialising technology that could see the roads of the future made, in large part, from silica. But this is no ordinary (or not so ordinary) pathway; it’s also an energy-generator: fitted with solar cells to help it pay for itself in the future.
The SolaRoad project is just one of numerous initiatives aimed at making our roads ‘intelligent’ – to turn them from a cost to a potential energy generator and/or resource saver.
Original broadcast was on 5 July 2015.