Short Documentary about Solar Roadways

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The basic building block of what has been dubbed by its creators, electrical engineer Scott Brusaw and his wife Julie, a solar roadway. It could one day make for a highway built of 0.4 –square-meter hexagonal panels, a hodge podge of green circuit boards surrounding 36-watts worth of blue solar panels, all covered in thick, bumpy glass for safety and traction.

 

 

The idea is to put unused roadway to good use (generating electricity) while also providing an electronic means for lane shifts, driver messages and other utilities. Bonus: solar roadways obviate the need for an electric grid by including a “Cable Corridor” right in the side of the roadway that eliminates the need for power lines running alongside it. And if outfitted with sensors as well the solar highway could transmit real time traffic data or other information of interest. The novel idea has been around for a few years now, bursting back into prominence this summer thanks to a new crowdfunding campaign to support further research and development that garnered $2.2 million before closing on June 20.

Read more http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2014/07/10/hard-road-ahead-for-solar-freakin-roadways/

Official website of Scott Brusaw's Solar FREAKIN' Roadways http://www.solarroadways.com www.facebook.com/solarroadways

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Solar Roadways inventors on Innovation Nation CBS News

This Invention Will Change The World, Solar FREAKIN' Roadways!

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438 comments

  • Comment Link Rev. Wirat T. Jupia Monday, 20 April 2015 23:39 posted by Rev. Wirat T. Jupia

    I'm really prayerfully ask the Lord Jesus to bless your project and be worldwide "Change the Whole World Project" with all the governments and all of the people of all countries coming together paying the price for this.. Thank you, let's do it.

  • Comment Link madison Monday, 20 April 2015 22:40 posted by madison

    How can I help. ??

  • Comment Link kc Monday, 20 April 2015 19:12 posted by kc

    woulldn't last through winter here with the plows and salt dead in a week

  • Comment Link James Monday, 20 April 2015 17:54 posted by James

    Eventually would it be possible to power electric cars by the panels by using the same technology that powers phones without the need for wires

  • Comment Link tim followell Monday, 20 April 2015 06:58 posted by tim followell

    how can I get a few?

  • Comment Link fee Sunday, 19 April 2015 23:14 posted by fee

    Love the idea
    unfortunately the promo has the feel of the worst kind of late night TV infomercial
    And left me wondering if it could be a slick conn......

  • Comment Link Vivek Sunday, 19 April 2015 22:46 posted by Vivek

    Nice Concept Good goin & Thanks to you think about nature.

  • Comment Link Marsha Sunday, 19 April 2015 16:30 posted by Marsha

    Mabey Pennsylvania should step up for this one, we can have the history & the future all in route 6. An amazing concept we can only hope becomes common place.

  • Comment Link Jenita Matteson Sunday, 19 April 2015 15:26 posted by Jenita Matteson

    Interested in investment possibilities

  • Comment Link Gregor Sunday, 19 April 2015 11:00 posted by Gregor

    Can't believe the negative feedback. Sure there are some valid points about road grime, vehicle emissions and problems with infrastructure under the roads but.... what about where there is no infrastructure, what about vehicles that can tap this energy that don't have oil leaks because they are well serviced and or electrically driven requiring oil only for the moving parts. Electrical vehicles are the short term future to a world running dry on fossil fuel. I never thought we would need alternative fuelled vehicles in my lifetime and I've got decades ahead of me. Whatever the cost it is worth it and any solution provided with negative feedback would be worthwhile reading. Or are you so engaged in running the worlds resources dry you only have time to give your two cents worth?

  • Comment Link Robert Sunday, 19 April 2015 05:13 posted by Robert

    Interested in cost to do driveway and investing.....

  • Comment Link Debbie Garrigues Sunday, 19 April 2015 04:17 posted by Debbie Garrigues

    We need to redo our driveway (20x60feet). How much are we talking? We live in Salisbury, NC.

  • Comment Link Hannah Sunday, 19 April 2015 03:14 posted by Hannah

    I look forward to seeing what the Federal Highway Administration will say once they put these to the test. Is there the potential for some things they may need to fix? Of course, this is science we're talking about here. However, there are many benefits to what this could potentially provide. As I said before, we'll have to wait and see what the FHA says and if they give it a passing grade or not, but I certain think this is a great idea and I'm interested in where things go from here.

  • Comment Link david Sunday, 19 April 2015 02:56 posted by david

    Water main break under the road? I'm guessing a socket wrench and a little knowledge would remove whatever panels one needed to remove in order to gain access...

    I'd invest in this right now!

    Have you looked into security? How easy would it be to hack into this and screw up the country's power grid?

    This is amazing and good for y'all for doing it.

  • Comment Link David Ullman Sr Saturday, 18 April 2015 20:19 posted by David Ullman Sr

    I am very interested in this. What could i do to help ?

  • Comment Link prashanth Saturday, 18 April 2015 18:43 posted by prashanth

    Its a very good idea - a LARGE no of OPEN TERRACES of BUILDINGS can be covered with these panels to generate electricity and in turn can be converted to sports area ( Basket ball court, Tennis court, Badminton, Roof Garden Restaurants, Open Terrace Party's, etc )

    What will be the cost for covering a carpet area of 2000 sqft of a building terrace and how much Electricity can be generated out of this Area.

    If this succeeds a lot of architects would be interested to go for it for covering open terraces for Bungalow's.

  • Comment Link Diego Saturday, 18 April 2015 16:03 posted by Diego

    All these people talking about how not possible this is, simply because of money issues, shows me how un-evolved they are. Slaves of piece of painted paper.

  • Comment Link karen Oliver Saturday, 18 April 2015 13:56 posted by karen Oliver

    Fantastic idear I can see this.

  • Comment Link scott Saturday, 18 April 2015 06:15 posted by scott

    The idea is stupid! The cost of building the panels, labor cost of installing the panels ad replacing damaged panels alone make this a bad idea.
    Road grim from gasoline leaks, oil leaks, grease, rubber and brake wear would lower the effectiveness of the panels. cloudy days, shadows from trees buildings and cars driving on the road would farther decrease the efficiency of the panels. damage from falling tees, storms, automobile accidents and other accident or natural disaster make this even more costly to keep the roads in working order.
    Building and installing the panels plus upkeep of the system would cost far more then could ever be generated from the power the system generate.

  • Comment Link Monica Friday, 17 April 2015 21:39 posted by Monica

    I am interested in the cost to do a driveway that is just over a tenth of a mile long, has two curves and goes uphill. I would also like some information about investment in this. Many thanks.

  • Comment Link Paul Singletary Friday, 17 April 2015 20:34 posted by Paul Singletary

    I think that this would be great. I don't think that it would ever replace ALL conventional pavement, but could certainly be used for driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, and limited road usage such as around crowded areas.

    Good luck. I hope you are able to move forward with this and would be willing to help any way I can.

  • Comment Link Maurice Williams Friday, 17 April 2015 16:45 posted by Maurice Williams

    It's a great idea in theory but what happens when you have a water main break under one of these panels or even more dangerous a gas main leaking? Countless utility companies have to rip up the road for a number of reasons. And many repave the road once done. Does that mean they would have to store and keep on hand solar panels. Or would they now have to come out of pocket to fix panels? What would the cost of fixing the panel if damaged by a utility or otherwise? And who would be held accountable for damage or even loss of life?

    S/N I am an engineer at a Gas Company in VA and have seen many different things happen from underground utility lines. Just curious?

  • Comment Link Mike Jarjoura Friday, 17 April 2015 16:40 posted by Mike Jarjoura

    This is great!!!! My son's school parking lot would be a perfect, real life, test of these panels. No nearby trees, current issues with snow removal, the parking lot is flat, and could power the community's power grid. Also, being part of the school would allow students the opportunity to help in the forward testing and deployment of more panels. How could my son's school contact you about this?

  • Comment Link warren g Friday, 17 April 2015 13:41 posted by warren g

    So tell me, what would it cost to cover a driveway that is 5ft wide by 60 ft long?

  • Comment Link Anonymous Friday, 17 April 2015 11:44 posted by Anonymous

    I live in South Africa and our Power Provider has let the maintenance of our power stations lapse since 1994, but have insisted that the price of electricity needs to increased [15% per year for the past 3 years] and still implement load shedding [at least 3 hours per day without power] which effects the traffic on our public roads. This would be an amazing solution that could generate power back into our power grid. Hell I would install it at my house if it meant that I didn't have to rely on the Power Provider in South Africa. Manufacturing costs and location would need to be investigated, as pricing would be a huge issue due to the Rand US$ exchange rate.

  • Comment Link Aaron Whiteside Friday, 17 April 2015 08:15 posted by Aaron Whiteside

    Interested in cost to do driveway and investing.....

  • Comment Link Lorraine Thursday, 16 April 2015 23:22 posted by Lorraine

    I'd would put it on my driveway for sure! Actually I would do my entire backyard!!

  • Comment Link diana incledon Thursday, 16 April 2015 23:10 posted by diana incledon

    HI I am also very interested in the cost to dew a driveway and any investment opportunities

  • Comment Link bren Thursday, 16 April 2015 21:21 posted by bren

    Are there there stock options to buy into?

  • Comment Link Sharon Gaidosh Thursday, 16 April 2015 19:38 posted by Sharon Gaidosh

    Okay please contact me. I am a senior, cost of living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is getting past my budget. Need to get my driveway and sidewalk done. Please help me.

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