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 ELS Monday, 13 April 2015 21:00 posted by ELS

    Sounds great. Is there any electromagnetic radiation emitted though? If so, this could have massive longterm health implications for road users, nearby homes and the environment. Light pollution is also a concern...

  • Comment Link J. West Monday, 13 April 2015 19:15 posted by J. West

    I'll put up some risk capital into this. It is a very, very good innovation.

  • Comment Link Charles Stephens Monday, 13 April 2015 17:53 posted by Charles Stephens

    I love this project and hope to see it take form in the world today.
    I also see it as a possible job for me.
    Keep me posted.

  • Comment Link Agne Monday, 13 April 2015 15:31 posted by Agne

    Very interesting technology. I am not an expert, but it's interesting for me how these huge electric systems (lets say it would be used in whole country) could effect the environment with electromagnetic radiation.

  • Comment Link Andrew Monday, 13 April 2015 14:15 posted by Andrew

    To Rooster on April 13th dude this is NOT the government yes it's a national organization but the government has almost nothing to do with it. The only time the government would be involved is getting congressional approval to start this project on a national scale and funding so the tax payers don't have to do it all I think this is an amazing idea where do I sign up?!

  • Comment Link T Berry Monday, 13 April 2015 13:28 posted by T Berry

    I would like more info. on how I can get involved in this.

  • Comment Link Karen Meldrum Monday, 13 April 2015 11:53 posted by Karen Meldrum

    Awesome! An idea that solves more problems than it creates. I love thinking out of the box to restore our environment and stop energy crises in our country, and else where. Now the special interest groups need to get behind it and fight the lobbyists in the coal and petroleum industries!.

  • Comment Link Clara Monday, 13 April 2015 11:45 posted by Clara

    I am interested in finding out how much it would cost to get my driveway done.791

  • Comment Link rooster Monday, 13 April 2015 11:17 posted by rooster

    John Deere wall, you sir are an idiot. Name one thing the government ever benefited everyone... Nada, cause while you sit begging for handouts, and get them, the rest of the world who does work, pays for you.. That's not the government benefiting you, that's you mooching off your fellow countrymen who try to make an honest living. Love the idea of the project, however I believe it is simply ahead of it's time. In private use, I think it would be a great trial.

  • Comment Link Joseph Snowden Monday, 13 April 2015 08:37 posted by Joseph Snowden

    NEED THIS NOW!

  • Comment Link Marcia Shannon Monday, 13 April 2015 02:40 posted by Marcia Shannon

    This is wonderful. We would like more information. We are interested in investing.

  • Comment Link Kim Eriksson Sweden Monday, 13 April 2015 00:32 posted by Kim Eriksson Sweden

    Sound really awesome! Me and my company would love to invest in this project!

  • Comment Link Dylan OShea Monday, 13 April 2015 00:05 posted by Dylan OShea

    unbelievable!!!!!we need this to happen,how cool would that be?and it would be saving the world

  • Comment Link John Sunday, 12 April 2015 23:33 posted by John

    Hello i Would like to invest in this proyect, any ideas when, where or how?

  • Comment Link Kayla Delaney Sunday, 12 April 2015 19:29 posted by Kayla Delaney

    I wanna to put my money into this I am always thinking about how much damage we are doing to our planet. I also Soo this as a huge investment opportunity I think it will end up paying back 10 fold

  • Comment Link Penny Griffin Sunday, 12 April 2015 17:55 posted by Penny Griffin

    Great, solar roads or solar arrays on road sides is a great way to farm energy. How about taking it a step further and having electric cars that can take their electric power directly from the road and transfer excess power back to the grid on down hills or during braking? cars could have a conductor that swings down on the highway and pulls from strips that only release current when a conductor touches it (similar to the over head electric trains on the New Haven line in CT but build into the roads).

  • Comment Link Azaan Karmali Sunday, 12 April 2015 10:37 posted by Azaan Karmali

    Maybe try not to only keep it in America. Like it or not this new technology could revolutionise the world in many ways but having it only in America? thats just 'freakin' stupid. Maybe start in a country with shitty roads like Uganda so it would be easy for the government to go ahead with the idea to make solar roadways, cause lets face it, the American government would just see your message, take forever to respond, then turn you down while in a place like Uganda just seeing someone showing interest in improving there country insures the idea to come true, not to mention they might invest a lot of money into bringing the project to life.

  • Comment Link Wm Sunday, 12 April 2015 09:57 posted by Wm

    Great then a huge earthquake then everyone's out of power.

  • Comment Link PBrown Sunday, 12 April 2015 00:09 posted by PBrown

    I'd like to be in on any driveway projects after this winter in PA..How about starting with DIY project for handicapped ramps? I also need a ramp pulley system and auto battery recharger if you can offer me more solar sales! Willing to be a demo site and would love to get more kids into relevant science this way in my retirement..

  • Comment Link Levent Harman Saturday, 11 April 2015 23:52 posted by Levent Harman

    hi i like to find out about investing on this project for Austala, Thanks Levent

  • Comment Link Carolyn Saturday, 11 April 2015 22:44 posted by Carolyn

    I wonder about additional light pollution and whether or not the roads would generate heat when they're not supposed to (since glass gets hot under the sun). Would these roads add to the global warming problem? Other than these questions, I love, love, love the ideas--especially getting rid of above ground electrical poles and lines! Sounds too good to be true, and I agree with others who have commented that the oil and electrical companies will oppose this every step of the way. What can we do to help make it happen?

  • Comment Link Chris Saturday, 11 April 2015 22:39 posted by Chris

    I want it for my house back yard and front yard.

  • Comment Link bryan Saturday, 11 April 2015 19:54 posted by bryan

    i want to say thank u for this give to earth to help make it better i would love to be a part of it im doing some networking marketing and i would to help build it as well help

  • Comment Link Joseph Kuk Saturday, 11 April 2015 19:26 posted by Joseph Kuk

    Okay I live in the green state really close to a very green community, they drive a lot of electric cars and frown on waste... I live in the western washington just south of port townsend... You want a community who might fight to start it in their city I am betting they wuld be willing to support the starting point.... They might even be willing to vote to pay and assist with the building and installation...

  • Comment Link Ashley Nichols Saturday, 11 April 2015 18:56 posted by Ashley Nichols

    This would be amazing you leave the fossil fuels for the earth I would like to invest in this project and potentially have product for my home wonderful job

  • Comment Link Adam Saturday, 11 April 2015 18:41 posted by Adam

    Lets try and break down some numbers here. It looks to be about a 3-ft panel. A two lane road is about 15 feet across. So to cover a 1 mile two lane road would take roughly 8,800 panels. If those panels cost $500 each that one mile road would cost $4.4 million dollars. How many of you are willing to pay for that? That is only the cost for a two lane road that is 1 mile long. That also does not take into figuring the cost to install them and the cost for all the fiber needed for that. I will not be cheap in the slightest. It will pay for itself but it will be no time soon.

  • Comment Link Cheri Torres Saturday, 11 April 2015 17:12 posted by Cheri Torres

    Thank you, thank you. If you get blocked by government, let the people begin it -- with driveways, walkways and local communities! Perhaps even invite progressive communities with lots of sun to lead the way. I'm from Asheville, NC -- which professes to be a progressive, entrepreneurial community! Please send info!

  • Comment Link Morena Saturday, 11 April 2015 16:59 posted by Morena

    That's sounds interesting

  • Comment Link Lorgen G. R. Magpantay Saturday, 11 April 2015 14:44 posted by Lorgen G. R. Magpantay

    Yeap, definitely agree with Ethan (Thursday, 09 April 2015 23:08). It would be super freakin' expensive. (And technically complex that it needs more than a mortal road sign painter to maintain). Thanks, Ethan, you just enumerated the real basic issues that need everyone to solve or overcome that I've been thinking about. These issues were never mentioned in the video, or in any other comment.
    I really like this project, there are just big production and installation issues to overcome. It needs huge support from everywhere.

  • Comment Link John McClellan Saturday, 11 April 2015 14:15 posted by John McClellan

    lets do this, want more info for home use, thanks

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