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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!

442 comments

  • 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

  • Comment Link Steve Koenes Saturday, 11 April 2015 13:09 posted by Steve Koenes

    I would like some info about this product.

  • Comment Link who cares Saturday, 11 April 2015 10:50 posted by who cares

    how stupid you are technologies that are already degraded people , and you still want to build an electric path. It is already difficult to drive at night , when other machines light shines in the eyes , and that will still be shining path which will be difficult to drive. You will not safe the nature you gone destroy it more.
    before you enter a stupid idea to think about others instead of yourself.

  • Comment Link Lorgen G. R. Magpantay Saturday, 11 April 2015 10:10 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 these boys need 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, it's just that there are big production and installation issues to overcome. It needs huge support from everywhere.

  • Comment Link Suze Saturday, 11 April 2015 04:29 posted by Suze

    Why have you not gone petitioned to go before the American Congress to give this same video demo and explain all the costs, and ins and outs ?? Those also get television coverage, so everyone would know about this !! And then the government would have to answer to We The People...why they are not beginning immediately. There are so many roadways in our infrastructure being replaced right now...so THIS is the time !!! DO IT , PLEASE !!! This is wonderful !! Go before Congress NOW !

  • Comment Link Ezekiel Saturday, 11 April 2015 03:35 posted by Ezekiel

    Interesting idea, but solar roadways comes with a number of problems, such as:
    if the roads are constantly being used, how efficient would they be at gathering energy?
    special transparent material or otherwise, having cars, trucks, boulders, etc. weighting on them is bound to break them, and unlike roads, these are expensive electric panels.
    if these controllable LEDs are hacked, wouldn't it cause a whole lot of chaos? We already have security issues with traffic lights, but imagine all lane markings disappearing on highways.

    If they're going to use solar panels, why not just build them above the roadways and save money on unnecessary protective/textured glass, LEDS, etc.?

  • Comment Link CLIFFORD HEMMERDE Friday, 10 April 2015 22:28 posted by CLIFFORD HEMMERDE

    Dear Gentlemen:

    We would like to receive more information about this solar roadways in buildings aplications. Can you please help us?
    Thank you in advance.
    Sincerely yours,

    Clifford Hemmerde

  • Comment Link Kent Friday, 10 April 2015 21:28 posted by Kent

    what would it coast to have a driveway do this way

  • Comment Link DC Friday, 10 April 2015 20:09 posted by DC

    What if we hadnt spent money in Iraq. Why dont we stop paying celebrities and athletes millions. "What ifs" and "Why donts" dont make things happen. You people all talk a good game but when it comes down to "YOUR" actions what are YOU really doing???

  • Comment Link cathy Friday, 10 April 2015 18:35 posted by cathy

    i would love more info on this send to my e-mail

  • Comment Link Kelli Friday, 10 April 2015 16:34 posted by Kelli

    Can I get these for my driveway? It needs to be repaved, and I think this is the way to do it!

  • Comment Link John de Waal Friday, 10 April 2015 15:48 posted by John de Waal

    If it can be proven that these road surfaces stand up to heavy traffic, it would create an enormous amount of space for the collection of energy from the sun that could be transferred to the grid and provide almost limitless energy without any CO 2 emissions. It owuld certainly be a terrific opportunity for someone to make a lot of money, although I think that this should really be done by the government, so we all will benefit.

  • Comment Link jason kistler Friday, 10 April 2015 13:31 posted by jason kistler

    The Devil I mean Big Oil will never let this happen. I own a print company and would love to donate printing goods to your cause.

  • Comment Link kris Friday, 10 April 2015 12:25 posted by kris

    I live in Mississippi - the Deep South. I would be willing to be a test site for these panels...I believe this idea is inspired and needs support from the world to make it hard for the world leaders to deny.

  • Comment Link John Mei Friday, 10 April 2015 09:07 posted by John Mei

    Very cool idea......good luck...

  • Comment Link Dan Collins Friday, 10 April 2015 08:41 posted by Dan Collins

    In the UK you can start a petition on the UK Government website and if it gets more than 100,000 signatures it must be debated in the House of Commons, let's get the ball rolling to show the UK population cares and we want those in power debating it!

  • Comment Link Foreverlimecat@gmail.com Friday, 10 April 2015 06:54 posted by Foreverlimecat@gmail.com

    They should get this to the Dragon's Den, or another one of thos shows. It's a great way to get even more press about it out and you can get some amazing deals to help get these built

  • Comment Link Chelsie Friday, 10 April 2015 06:48 posted by Chelsie

    How about we stop paying celebrities and athletes all those millions for no reason and put it towards this instead???

  • Comment Link Christina Lane Friday, 10 April 2015 06:13 posted by Christina Lane

    How much per square foot for panels might want to invest in this! Located in Auburn WA

  • Comment Link leslie Friday, 10 April 2015 04:48 posted by leslie

    I am building a new home, how much would it cost to setup for my roof, it is about 850sq.ft., and a driveway about 50 ft. ×10ft., i am in Pennsylvania.

  • Comment Link Deena Friday, 10 April 2015 04:21 posted by Deena

    Definitely interested on cost of doing our driveway and walking areas around our home.

  • Comment Link Diane Friday, 10 April 2015 04:14 posted by Diane

    I have been looking for a long time for an alternative energy source we don't have the roof space to put solar panels we do have the ground space, is the product on the market and or in Australia we have a lot of sun here, I would love to introduce and or sell the product over here

  • Comment Link GaryBau Friday, 10 April 2015 04:14 posted by GaryBau

    A few people have missed the point

    This is a way for road infrastructure (lights, signals, lane markers, etc..) to go 'off grid'

    the infrastructure required to power road signals is huge
    wireless controls for signals means no physical connections or ditches need be dug

    while it may be convenient to replace large sections of roadway, trucking with B-doubles carrying 80tonnes, destroys any road surface in 18 months...though would ceramic be tougher than tarmac?

    btw tarmac is a byproduct of oil production..so a 'good thing' to reduce dependency

    Existing freeways cost many more millions than $2.2m for 8 km..seems like a bargain!!

  • Comment Link diego perea Friday, 10 April 2015 03:25 posted by diego perea

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  • Comment Link paul kangas Friday, 10 April 2015 02:58 posted by paul kangas

    If I was to list the 10 top solar projects, it would be:

    1 - Solar modular homes, each with 40 solar panels, that generate 200% more energy than they use, so make $300. / month income for the home owners.

    2 - Solar homes with 100 panels.

    3 - Solar Payment Policy that requires Utilities to pay solar homes $0.99 kwh.
    This premium price jump started Germany and invented the solar revolution.

    4 - Solar home sales law, requiring all homes sold, to be upgraded to 100% solar
    at the point of sale.

    5 - Lancaster, Ca., law requiring all new homes to be 100% solar. 10 California cities have now adopted this law: Tiburon, Sebastopol, etc.

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    10 - Solar roads. Least useful.

  • Comment Link Maria Cole Thursday, 09 April 2015 23:36 posted by Maria Cole

    Incredible we have to support and promote and talk and lobby and sooner or later the sense that is needed will prevail

  • Comment Link Ronny Tidwell Thursday, 09 April 2015 23:09 posted by Ronny Tidwell

    Investment opportunities?

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