By Pat Warren

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is about to test run a solar sidewalk.

The walkway will generate power and light.

2018 will see a walkway change from brick, to a system of solar panels you can walk on.

“And not just lifeless boring solar panels, smart, micro-processing, interlocking, hexagonal solar units,” according to a YouTube video for the panels.

A prototype was unveiled Monday of what will replace a small segment of the Harbor brick walkway. The solar panels were provided by Solar Roadways.

Scott Brusaw came up with the idea of encasing solar cells and putting them on the road.

“And that’s what you’re seeing here,” Brusaw said. “Those little blue rectangles are solar cells, and you can drive a truck on them now.”

The Abell Foundation embraced the concept with funding for 36 panels near the Baltimore Visitor’s Center as a way of testing for possible future use.

Robert Embry, Abell Foundation president, believes this could be game changing.

“The potential of this producing electricity from wasted sunlight, and the roadways today are a wasted opportunity, that I saw it as a great thing for the world, but also Baltimore City as the first place in the world to demonstrate this technology.”

The Abell Foundation donated $100,000 to the project. Installation is expected to begin in the spring.

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Comments (9)
  1. J.R. Coker says:

    Will it show blood stains? You can spend all you want on this fancy stuff but with over 317 murders you wont find my family there anymore.

  2. Yes these do generate electricity… So far after about a year in service of their installation in Idaho, 30 of the Solar Roadways panels have produced (on their best days… Much less in bad weather) approximately $0.10 per day worth of electricity (that’s all 30 panels to produce $0.10/day). The cost for that installation was $60,000.00.

  3. Well it looks like Solar Roadways aren’t able to keep the roadways snow and ice free on their own… looks like they needed the help of shovels…

  4. Darren Dupre says:

    Well the Abell Foundation just squandered 100 grand. You might have well just thrown that money away. Solar Roadways are never going to be practical many reasons, the main ones being that solar panels need to be angled (for max efficiency) and that glass is not a reasonable driving surface (slippery, soft, and not durable vs. cars/debris).

    The SR installation in Sandpoint, ID has shown that the panels are not durable and the LEDs cannot be seen during the day. They are also incapable of melting snow to any reasonable degree.

    They also generate, at best, maybe $40/year worth of electricity, and I don’t think that counts the cost to run the LEDs and heaters (which likely means they are CONSUMING more power than they are generating!)

    In fact, the SR founders were caught on surveillance cameras shoveling snow off of the Sandpoint panels before doing a photo-op saying that the panels in fact were able to remove nearly all the snow, when in fact they weren’t.

    If I were the Abell Foundation, I would put a stop order on these panels and refer SR and the people behind SR to the authorities for possible fraud/misrepresentation about the capability of their products.

  5. Solar Roadways™ is a scam. The morons in Baltimore that signed off on this should be fired and mocked for their stupidity.

  6. smh.. :/ come on ppl i thought i was overboard with tech, thiss jus ridiculous solar roadways sound cool but theyre just not practical at the moment, maybe in 100 150 years but theyre just too expensive and delicate to be put on our roadways, thats hard ass concrete and we still dig it up with car accidents every day, whats it going to b like when just the repair to the road from n accident costs 50 or 100 grand, and the batteries…. what the hell is everybody thinking??? i dont even kno if it has batteries but with that thought is, it better have batteries, its connected to the grid? what happens when the electric goes out? no more road markings? what happens 10 years after the roads put in, we have to pay to have the entire thing dug back up just to replace the batteries? or even worse the entire unit? and these r just thoughts off the top of my head about batteries.. i could write a book on this but im in a hurry.. i originally swore to myself i was just going to write smh but this kinda gets me worked up for some reason

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