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

See Also

Solar Roadways inventors on Innovation Nation CBS News

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

441 comments

  • Comment Link james Tuesday, 07 April 2015 22:44 posted by james

    would like to have for my driveway. It is about 1/4 mile long to use for a demo if you need. Would like to be a dealer for you as well. For this area.

  • Comment Link angelo Tuesday, 07 April 2015 21:49 posted by angelo

    Can you send me information about the company so I can invest

  • Comment Link pauly Tuesday, 07 April 2015 21:42 posted by pauly

    This is amazing. You have my support I really want to know how to buy stock as well as putting this in my driveway and sidewalks.

  • Comment Link Andrew Tuesday, 07 April 2015 21:41 posted by Andrew

    Question is, can this recycled tempered glass handle overweight truck loads of 100,000 lbs or more?

  • Comment Link mason kelly Tuesday, 07 April 2015 21:40 posted by mason kelly

    what about skid marks, or people doing burnouts would that leave rubber on the glass causing that section of panel to become useless?

  • Comment Link casey Tuesday, 07 April 2015 21:33 posted by casey

    I want to buy stock in this tell me how

  • Comment Link Suzan Teel Tuesday, 07 April 2015 21:21 posted by Suzan Teel

    Interested in stock for this wonderful invention as well...please send info!!

  • Comment Link leytha jaquith Tuesday, 07 April 2015 21:18 posted by leytha jaquith

    I am also interested in how i can buy stock.

  • Comment Link leytha jaquith Tuesday, 07 April 2015 21:16 posted by leytha jaquith

    I am also interested in how i can buy stock.

  • Comment Link bob Tuesday, 07 April 2015 21:14 posted by bob

    Did not work in the fifty's, why will it work now, fluids leaking from auto's,pot holes,overloaded trucks,plow's and weather are just some of the obstacles to over come. If the cost can be controlled repairs,replacing worn items it might have a slim chance to work in areas with year round warm weather,
    Good luck

  • Comment Link marshall frederick Tuesday, 07 April 2015 21:01 posted by marshall frederick

    I'm in, sell me some samples and I will help you get this out there. I have 4 driveways to do this year, I'm willing to invest in your product.

  • Comment Link Paulette Tuesday, 07 April 2015 20:59 posted by Paulette

    I would love to have this on my school playground prototype
    This is forward thinking.......way outside the box

  • Comment Link Richard Scarlett Tuesday, 07 April 2015 20:45 posted by Richard Scarlett

    The first question I have is will the energy created in places like Arizona be sent up or down the transmission lines to places that don't get as much sun exposure?

  • Comment Link A curious person Tuesday, 07 April 2015 20:26 posted by A curious person

    If it's possible to collect solar energy then doesn't that mean there's also a way to collect the light from the moon at night?

  • Comment Link Kris Tuesday, 07 April 2015 19:59 posted by Kris

    Please send me more information

  • Comment Link JOHN Tuesday, 07 April 2015 19:56 posted by JOHN

    SEND ME INFO ABOUT BUYING STOCK

  • Comment Link James Semper Tuesday, 07 April 2015 19:44 posted by James Semper

    Awesome idea. Having family in the oil industry means this will be tough on them but where jobs are taken, others will be created. And with the increasing technological advancements such as graphene, storing the energy should become a thing of the past.

  • Comment Link Mike Tuesday, 07 April 2015 19:01 posted by Mike

    Can I buy these for my driveway? Why don't you start with selling indivual panels on Amazon and let the citizens get these started Into their homes? My god, the applications of using them at Xmas, Halloween, and just making your driveway look cool at night would be a selling point. I would make sure they are emp proof though as the tyrant of an emp solar flare is 12 percent and lord knows about the bad guys. I want these in my next house for the driveway. Can I sign up for an experimental test program?

  • Comment Link Deborah and Kenneth Gregg Tuesday, 07 April 2015 18:29 posted by Deborah and Kenneth Gregg

    Can I buy stock? Also how do I purchase for a very long driveway? Does the solar power help with cost of running the home?

  • Comment Link Luna Tuesday, 07 April 2015 18:26 posted by Luna

    This is truly amazing ! I really hope that this get's somewhere ! I'll be spreading the word !
    Good luck !

  • Comment Link gunter Tuesday, 07 April 2015 18:14 posted by gunter

    but downhill skatinggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

  • Comment Link Dave Puditinu Tuesday, 07 April 2015 17:28 posted by Dave Puditinu

    Skeptics..... LISTEN UP> You all question the ability to store enough energy to sustain it's operation, battery capacity and such. Here's a question you can think about... ' How is it possible to wake up at 3 am to empty your bladder and see where you are aiming? ' Obviously the answer is turn on a light, using available power generated 24 / 7 by the local utility. Duh..
    Building something like this would or could be sustained by normal, let's say ' OLD SCHOOL' technology on the days and nights the sun fails to radiate. Like NEVER. Wake Up America. They will not replace power generation as we know it, simply shed the load, lower the demand and ultimately the price of: power bills, Fossil fuels, and a plethora of other trickle down cost. My opinion ... The GREATEST IDEA SINCE TESLA ! I'm IN !

  • Comment Link Stu Pidasol Tuesday, 07 April 2015 17:26 posted by Stu Pidasol

    I would like to buy stock as well. Can you send me information?

  • Comment Link Al Tuesday, 07 April 2015 16:35 posted by Al

    Not to be the party pooper here but, the amount of other rare metals and other rear earth substances that are required to make these are? Is the plan to dig up all the environment on such a scale so that there is a net zero benefit (swapping one resource out for another)? I admire the hard work and thought that has gone into this (not to mention the hours no doubt). But solar panels require conductive materials (mostly in short and limited supply) to carry the current to other places. Not the mention possible battery backup and an emergency source to power insufficient power days. I'd like to see it happen... What i question is, what "other" materials are used and what will the effect of using that resource be?

  • Comment Link Keith Goldsborough Tuesday, 07 April 2015 16:35 posted by Keith Goldsborough

    can I BUY STOCK

  • Comment Link Gabriel Hernandez Tuesday, 07 April 2015 15:55 posted by Gabriel Hernandez

    Please send me more information.

  • Comment Link Chris Handsom Tuesday, 07 April 2015 15:47 posted by Chris Handsom

    The only problem i can see is that they dont make energy at night, and i dont belive we have the battery capacity to store so much energy, thats the ONLY problem i can see with this kind of tecnology...

  • Comment Link Chris Handsom Tuesday, 07 April 2015 15:47 posted by Chris Handsom

    The only problem i can see is that they dont make energy at night, and i dont belive we have the battery capacity to store so much energy, thats the ONLY problem i can see with this kind of tecnology...

  • Comment Link [      ] Tuesday, 07 April 2015 15:45 posted by [ ]

    What about combining it with some Piezoelectricity......

  • Comment Link Michael Salem Tuesday, 07 April 2015 15:31 posted by Michael Salem

    Awesome idea this forward thinking is what makes this truly a great country. As with every great idea comes manufacturing challenges. Is there or will there be investment opportunities? Please send any information you might have. As I would be interested in supporting a Company like yours.

    Best Regards,
    Michael Salem

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