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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!

441 comments

  • Comment Link Finn Wednesday, 29 April 2015 05:38 posted by Finn

    be cool if they could have disk of magnets in these and have the car powered by magnets that push the car

    the magnets could rotate and make self driving car

  • Comment Link Anne Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:47 posted by Anne

    Looks awesome! Sidewalks and driveways would be a great start but I am guessing the costs would be prohibitive for the average family!

  • Comment Link Andrew Werner Tuesday, 28 April 2015 23:07 posted by Andrew Werner

    To all the naysayers, even if this is not quite at the point of producing all that it promises it is still not that far off. And personally even if all it can do is replace the standard driveway I think the market would be immeasurable.
    This product needs to be gotten it where the public can see it and it's true worth can be demonstrated, even if this only proves to be a product good for warm climates it would still be a giant improvement over present technologies.

  • Comment Link George San Martin Tuesday, 28 April 2015 16:52 posted by George San Martin

    I love the idea. I can't wait until it is implemented and used. I just wonder about little things like how complicated it would be to change the LED's that burn out on the street circuitry. Or what happens with water. In Huntington Beach, there is a portion of Pacific Coast Highway that sometimes in the winter gets flooded. As the water levels go up, the ocean water mixed with the rain water floods the street. How does salinity affect the electronic road in these specific cases?
    I am sure you have thought about solutions for these and many more scenarios but those are the thoughts that come to mind.

  • Comment Link Bish Tuesday, 28 April 2015 15:52 posted by Bish

    The pros are undeniably "cool." It's easy to see why it's created such a buzz. I'm confused about what goes under the solar panels. Rocks? Dirt? Concrete the video claims to replace? What's to prevent erosion under the panels? How will we ensure that, over long periods of time, the panels don't warp from trucks hauling extreme loads or ice getting beneath the panels and heaving? How will they stand up to natural (disaster-type) occurrences like high winds, flash floods, wild fire, or worse? I can't imagine how costly it would be to replace a long stretch of these panels (let alone finding the investment dollars in the first place). I'm enthusiastic and optimistic for any solution that greatly diminishes our carbon footprint. My questions are not intended to dismiss this idea, but rather to ensure that these potential problems, among a plethora of others, are addressed.

  • Comment Link Sam Joseph Sunday, 26 April 2015 23:49 posted by Sam Joseph

    I can see this starting on sidewalks in tourist cities, any private driveways and businesses!! It's salable! I wonder if I want to this on a private drive can you supply me!!
    Further,
    Theirs a new hotel and parking lot being proposed... Is this available now...can you send me cost per square foot....manufacturing time, etc.?
    Or am I to early!!

  • Comment Link Keach Clarke Sunday, 26 April 2015 12:34 posted by Keach Clarke

    I'd love a job installing some of these bad boys Im from Barbados. As soon as your operations are ready for hard working talent, call or e-mail me.

  • Comment Link Ruby Bruce Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:28 posted by Ruby Bruce

    I'm from Canada, So to those in the north of America and Canada... The only thing I'm not sure about is that our climate is different than those in the south. I don't mean snow build up and stuff, but the reason our roads are always cracking and having potholes is because the temperature changes from summer to winter make the earth expand and contract messing up the roads. So how will these tiles react to the ground underneath it moving? How often will these tiles need to be replaced? How expensive and time consuming would it be to rip out all of the concrete roads and replace them with these hexagonal tiles.? What happens when all of the cars start dripping oil and mud and other types of garbage on the tiles? Will they be able to self clean themselves? Will the city have to wash them regularily so people can see the LED lights when tiles get covered in dirt?

  • Comment Link Vegard Kristiansen Friday, 24 April 2015 23:33 posted by Vegard Kristiansen

    Awsome project!! Could you please set up a bitcoin wallet i can donate too? Bitcoin is the way to donate over the internet these days and will help you a lot! =)

    Really want to see this project becomes real all over the world.

  • Comment Link Unknown Friday, 24 April 2015 18:09 posted by Unknown

    How long would it take to fill America/Canada with these?

  • Comment Link Josh Friday, 24 April 2015 15:18 posted by Josh

    Holy craps did no watch the video? They are self heating so no need for salt and plowing... Also some genius commented what if there is a black out how will we drive..... Really? Really?? Look up what solar power is and how it works and then recomment and tell everyone how stupid your comment was.. WATCH THE VIDEO....

  • Comment Link Darren Friday, 24 April 2015 12:18 posted by Darren

    great concept but these will not produce enough power to do what they say it can do. It will have to connect to an additional power source. also, not sure how it would work in cold climates where it goes down to -40 or colder with heavy equipment driving on it. The cost to keep it maintained could be more then asphalt as the panel would have to be replaced vice repaired. Roads, driveways etc would also have to be extremely level as any frost heave would cause these panels to protrude and do more damage to vehicles.

    If they can find ways to increase the power cells or decrease the power requirement and identify the other issues, it would be great. Good luck

  • Comment Link Len Forder Friday, 24 April 2015 06:53 posted by Len Forder

    Oh come on! This is one of the most Apple pie in the sky ideas I have seen in quite a while.
    Just the factor of line drop would force the need for such thick cables as to make this a questionable invention. Yes, they are getting power from what amounts to a standard sized solar panel but have you ever seen a solar panel fixed in a horizontal position? Why do you think solar panels are always sloped and pointed toward the sun?
    Up in the Northern States, frost heaving of a road surface can be very severe. What about snow plows operating on them? They think they can make a surface that will allow a vehicle to stop within a safe distance and still be clear enough for the sun's power to get through in any appreciable amount?
    They have been at it for 5 years now and they haven't come close to being able to generate even the amount of power that current solar panels can. It's a high Apple Pie in the sky hope but hey, everybody needs to dream about something. They just won't be dreaming with my money supporting them.

  • Comment Link Prashant Goswami Friday, 24 April 2015 06:37 posted by Prashant Goswami

    An eye catching News...and after a few moments of watching this video my eyes welled, this is amazing.. actually since long I was thinking about this kind of concept that how can we covered our roadways in to the "solar Roadways" because it has plenty of space to generate solar energy without bothering of additional space for solar penals... but after watching this video, I had got the answer..... good... hats off to you both... forget all other negative comments and concentrate only on continuous improvements for better performance of this idea.. I am fully agree with Gregor & Hannah... I would be love to be the part of your team as volunteer... I am an civil engineer ... tell me how can I be helpful to you. furthermore I look forward to seeing what the Federal Highway Administration will say once they put these to the test, after their review, i would love to do it in my place too....

    Good going again harts off for you two.

  • Comment Link Ken Hall Friday, 24 April 2015 04:28 posted by Ken Hall

    I live in SC, also thought of my driveway, my storage building roof.

  • Comment Link Tina Hamilton Friday, 24 April 2015 01:39 posted by Tina Hamilton

    Being from interior Alaska this sounds like a dream, but I'd like to see further testing in extremely cold climates. In "northern" areas it might fare well, but what about climates that routinely reach 50 and 60 below zero in the winter months?

  • Comment Link Michael Martinez III Friday, 24 April 2015 01:33 posted by Michael Martinez III

    Can I buy stock in this

  • Comment Link Esau Thursday, 23 April 2015 23:40 posted by Esau

    How can I start doing dis in my little town

  • Comment Link sterlin Thursday, 23 April 2015 22:54 posted by sterlin

    The lobbiests will destroy and crush them as they have "PAID OUR ILLUSTRIOUS LEADERS" to do before. Oil companies are to powerful and have all the money to bury anyone that comes up against them.

  • Comment Link Anne Thursday, 23 April 2015 15:14 posted by Anne

    I have a question. How durable will these panels be under the weight of 80000 lbs of semi-tractor trailer? I wonder how speed will factor in on durability or accidents and possible fire hazards?

  • Comment Link tianna Thursday, 23 April 2015 04:44 posted by tianna

    After a few moments of watching your video my eyes welled a little. This is amazing, it will end wars, free the vast majority of economic slaves and push the habitants of Earth in the right direction so hard and fast that it would seem like a miracle. Then reality set in, DC power is to strong and volatile, which is why we convert it to AC. Nearly all electronics which includes cars must have AC power to function properly without exploding or catching on fire. So where are all the converters going to be? Also where and how will the batteries to store this energy going to be? One of the main components of batteries is lead. Which is a highly toxic substance for man, animal and earth. In order to make this happen astronomical amounts of lead will be right under our feet and possible inhalation are a huge concern. We all know what lead does and to this day no definitive process has totally eliminated all by products from batteries. Some of the toxic materials are still dumped somewhere because there is no way to recycle them. Then there is the possibility of being electrified just walking across the street because of product fails. Lots of material besides vehicles shuffling around on our streets pose a huge risk. All of which test the integrity of the materials being used for the panels. I would love for this to happen, but I can't help but wonder with all the wonderful things that would happen, can we live with the bad things that would happen too?

  • Comment Link Lisa Thursday, 23 April 2015 01:03 posted by Lisa

    Best invention ever!!!!

  • Comment Link Ralph Regalbuto Wednesday, 22 April 2015 18:57 posted by Ralph Regalbuto

    I think that it is going in the right direction but there needs to be some testing on it in places where there is roadways that are not that busy so they can do there testing on them. I think this could work on a lot of roadways but maybe not all. This would create so many jobs that are needed .

  • Comment Link Anon Wednesday, 22 April 2015 02:46 posted by Anon

    Try kick-starter to get some funding to make this happen.....PLEASE!

    https://www.kickstarter.com

  • Comment Link octavian king Tuesday, 21 April 2015 23:04 posted by octavian king

    Excellent idea!
    Does it really work in real conditions?
    Where can I get more info?

  • Comment Link dan schember Tuesday, 21 April 2015 21:31 posted by dan schember

    Stock market?

  • Comment Link Justin Nugent Tuesday, 21 April 2015 20:06 posted by Justin Nugent

    I too am interested in investment opportunity.

  • Comment Link graphicprof Tuesday, 21 April 2015 16:49 posted by graphicprof

    I am sure the could be a feature built in (in case this is not already) of generating hear from that solar collection in order to melt snow and ice from the surface when that is the case. I am concerned about the durability with continuous traffic over time.

  • Comment Link Juan Tuesday, 21 April 2015 16:18 posted by Juan

    My only concern would be the weather ,oil, and salt resistance

  • Comment Link Paul W Tuesday, 21 April 2015 15:57 posted by Paul W

    A great idea . I do wonder, though how we'd distribute all that DC power, as DC can be very problematic. And I'm unsure how you could create an enormous solar bank without enormous batteries (with the attendant problems they create). Thoughts anyone?

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