Solar Roadways lands GE challenge award

Solar Roadways, which revolves around making roads out of recyclable solar panels, won a $50,000 award in GE's Ecomagination Challenge.

General Electric has started picking winners for its Ecomagination Challenge. Solar Roadways, which revolves around making roads out of recyclable solar panels, won a $50,000 award.

In a blog post
, GE said there will be more awards to come, notably one for innovation in early November.

Solar Roadways got the highest number of community votes. Overall, GE's challenge garnered more than 3,500 ideas. The Solar Roadways concept hinged on retrofitting roads and parking lots with recyclable solar panels you can drive over. It was a top 5 idea in GE’s challenge.

As noted previously
, GE's challenge was an interesting experiment in crowdsourcing and collaboration. Solar Roadways did have one interesting concept.

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