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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 Allyson Wednesday, 08 April 2015 15:12 posted by Allyson

    This is a fascinating concept. Up in the North, we deal with something called frost heaves. Roots from trees grow under the roads. Then in the winter, the freeze, which expands their size and cracks the pavement above. How would solar panels handle things such as this?

  • Comment Link Dawid Switala Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:50 posted by Dawid Switala

    Random idea: What if there was a way to incorporate "plant like technology" as in the ability for the solar panel to move and angle itself towards light so it would be more efficient. If one of the hexagon panels was made up of many smaller panels, and each one could move or rotate in order to get direct sunlight maybe this could improve the amount of energy each panel could create. Also the panels could be on a spring or a hydraulic system so if a car on a road drove on it, it would flatten then re-adjust, or if on a sidewalk and someone stepped on it or rode a bicycle over it, it would just pop back up.
    I am trying to think outside the box because the idea of this really seems fantastic, but the reality seems that right now it would use more energy than it creates. Plus LED lights are not very visible during the day unless they are in shade, so maybe different lights within the panels.

  • Comment Link Mae Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:36 posted by Mae

    I too maybe interested in having my driveway made out of this. What is the cost and time for installation?

  • Comment Link Gerard mcconville Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:34 posted by Gerard mcconville

    Hi, grate idea I just have a few questions, motorbikes? I have the impression that motorbikes and motorbikers would be effect in the rain and going round corners, have they been tested yet? If so is there a video I could watch or something. If not when will they be tested? Thanks

  • Comment Link Debra Fischer Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:28 posted by Debra Fischer

    I have a patio that I would like to convert in the Tifton , Georgia area.

  • Comment Link James Ramos Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:23 posted by James Ramos

    very interested in more information. living in Michigan the roads in winters can be extremely challenging. Did I recall hearing about the ability to put in a driveways? I can honestly say I would be interested in the ROI on the TOC for myself. please let me know what I can do here in Michigan to be helpful. Encouragingly James Ramos

  • Comment Link LeRoy Beach Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:10 posted by LeRoy Beach

    Who do I contact about moor information and would like to start sales for driveways to homes in Ohio.

  • Comment Link Wil Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:08 posted by Wil

    If there is stock you guys need to announce it because just from the glance there are many of us who want to invest

  • Comment Link Tomislav Wednesday, 08 April 2015 12:52 posted by Tomislav

    What is the cost of a block (hexagonal panel)?

  • Comment Link Fran Wednesday, 08 April 2015 12:51 posted by Fran

    I wonder if they put that on the deck around the pool, would it heat the water

  • Comment Link Kim Wednesday, 08 April 2015 12:48 posted by Kim

    Would like to know how to buy stocks also cost to install driveway

  • Comment Link tj franc Wednesday, 08 April 2015 12:26 posted by tj franc

    Glass would be a slippery surface to control automobile. Temperature change would cause glass to buckle and crack. Glass is a better conductor of heat, the glass on solar panels becomes extremely hot. Would tires be able to handle heat. Wouldn't be able to walk on it. Money would be better spent on installing on residents homes for direct use!

  • Comment Link Susan Fournier Wednesday, 08 April 2015 11:04 posted by Susan Fournier

    Love this idea, would be interested in more information for possible investment into our future.

  • Comment Link Muhammad Omair Wednesday, 08 April 2015 10:52 posted by Muhammad Omair

    Its an amazing idea for future investment. No doubt its expensive but if on Govt level support is provided to youngsters it become easier.

  • Comment Link Arturo Moya Wednesday, 08 April 2015 10:27 posted by Arturo Moya

    I am interested in bringing the tecnology to Spain and/or South of Europe.

  • Comment Link Giulio Wednesday, 08 April 2015 09:54 posted by Giulio

    Would like more information on this such as cost of manufacture etc., if that is possible. i can see possibilities for this. in Australia

  • Comment Link Giulio Wednesday, 08 April 2015 09:53 posted by Giulio

    Would like more information on this such as cost of manufacture etc., if that is possible. i can see possibilities for this. in Australia

  • Comment Link J Dennis Shaw Wednesday, 08 April 2015 09:52 posted by J Dennis Shaw

    I'm interested in investing in this new technology. Very exciting stuff. Where do I sign up to help?

  • Comment Link Bob Wofford Wednesday, 08 April 2015 09:18 posted by Bob Wofford

    What is the stock tiler and how much a square?? I am just about to buy a house and would love to represent rhoad island.

  • Comment Link Sam Rayala Wednesday, 08 April 2015 08:59 posted by Sam Rayala

    Hi,

    Am interested to bring the technology to the Philippines and manufacture solar roadways here.
    What do I need to build in terms of manufacturing facility?
    What do i need to have?
    How much capitalization will it need to start production and meet "early adapters" demand?
    What is the estimated cost and margins per unit?

    Sam Rayala

  • Comment Link alex Wednesday, 08 April 2015 08:57 posted by alex

    Great ideal. Would like to buy stock. Can you send me the info for stock options.

  • Comment Link Sam Rayala Wednesday, 08 April 2015 08:48 posted by Sam Rayala

    Hi,

    Am interested to bring the technology to the Philippines and manufacture solar roadways here.
    What do I need to build in terms of manufacturing facility?
    What do i need to have?
    How much capitalization will it need to start production and meet "early adapters" demand?
    What is the estimated cost and margins per unit?

    Sam Rayala

  • Comment Link Tim ONeal Wednesday, 08 April 2015 08:04 posted by Tim ONeal

    I'm so glad someone with the know how figured this out. I've been thinking about a similar idea for years..Just didn't know what or how to do it. This will work. My vision was a bit different in that I was thinking of a way to have roads support vehicles something like a mag-train, but this is far better.

  • Comment Link Dodi Wednesday, 08 April 2015 07:25 posted by Dodi

    a very nice innovative human greatness idea, I have 1 question I didn't hear if its good for tropical countries like ours (Philippines), and by the way i'd like to invest also in stocks..better if you could have a demonstration in ILOCOS NORTE our fast becoming hub for renewable energy... God Bless you guys!

  • Comment Link Bruce Roth Wednesday, 08 April 2015 07:08 posted by Bruce Roth

    My name is Bruce Roth. My phone number is LasVegasBruce@gmail.com. While I don't have millions I do have some money. I think the model of donations is wrong headed. Why not make a publicly traded company that sells and installs these systems that I can invest in. That I would be willing to do. Glad to do.

  • Comment Link Luke Green Wednesday, 08 April 2015 06:24 posted by Luke Green

    This is a great idea and I've heard about it before. Hopefully it will be designed for easy replacement however, since as far as I know current solar power tech has not reached parity yet. It will be a good supplemental power source, especially if the surface is longer lasting and more durable than asphalt or pavement, however, it will only be a supplemental source until solar technology gets more advanced,

    If we could pair this with putting some more modern designed nuclear plants into construction to replace our aging plants and fossil fuel plants, that would be a great bridge for reaching the time when we have better energy technologies.

  • Comment Link CJ van Niekerk Wednesday, 08 April 2015 06:08 posted by CJ van Niekerk

    I would like to understand the manufacturing requirements for these in Africa ?

    I see the potential and think this is worthwhile investing time, money and effort into.

  • Comment Link Charlie Wednesday, 08 April 2015 06:07 posted by Charlie

    looks like I'm one of many looking for info on how to buy stock and product.

  • Comment Link Martin J Glaccum Wednesday, 08 April 2015 05:27 posted by Martin J Glaccum

    Hello, I have been retired for several months. My background is Sales. If you ever consider having a regional sales manager for the East coast and or the South East Coast. Please give me the opportunity to apply for a position with you. I won't need Health insurance. I'm a self motivated independent person. I have much experience working, participating in Trade Shows too. Thank You.

  • Comment Link Abynormal Wednesday, 08 April 2015 05:23 posted by Abynormal

    This is a wonderful idea, although not the first in history to utilize the potential of solar energy. The problem is that, the people who are making money now (oil companies, asphalt, paint and other traditional building and burning sources) will do everything in their power to stop this from happening. Also, note that the donation tab on this page is for the Pakistan Science Club (I'm sure a worthy recipient) and not for this project specifically.

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