Becky Mundt wrote:Well, I think the thing is that roadways ARE our most expensive infrastructure - in sheer miles and resources - all that tar and fossil fuel.
So this glass idea - which incorporates new and less expensive materials as well as solving other problems, could really change the game.
Plus the idea of making the roadways the intelligent network system - (after all all the fiber optic and etc is being run UNDER them or next to them now) -
Chris Olson wrote:Solar roads. Right. What for? If given the choice of installing solar panels in our driveway vs on the roof, I'll guarantee you beyond any doubt that they'll work better on the roof where cars aren't driving over them and shading them. These are the kinds of things that give renewable energy a bad name - far out ideas that are in no way shape or form even remotely practical. The sad thing is that people who know nothing about solar power will fall for it, and then it costs the taxpayers billions just like Evergreen Solar, SpectraWatt, Solyndra, Beacon Power, Nevada Geothermal and about 30 other of these taxpayer funded scams that have gone bankrupt.
The answer to energy never was in the Borg spiderweb grid infrastructure of powerlines or roads. It is in distributed generation where one failure does not cause the entire system to go down. So don't hold your breath waiting for solar roads to do anything but cost you money then fail to meet the promise.
Ludger Merkens wrote:Nope Abe,
you first have to add fancy lights, to - ähhm let me think - scare birds of.
Abe Connally wrote: Everyone jumped on the solar roadway bandwagon without every really thinking about it. Dirt, oil, cars, shade, cost, and reality make it impractical. There's no way that solar panels are less costly or more practical as road surface than asphalt.
Why anyone would promote solar roads instead of solar roofs or just plain ol' solar panels is beyond me.
Chris Olson wrote:But living off-grid for as long as we have, I can tell you beyond a doubt that our off-grid power easily costs 3x per kWh what you buy it from the utility for.
When you consider the USA population is around 350 million people, and they all need roadways to get around, of course we should at least have a working model of attaching solar collection to roadways.
Markus Loeffler wrote:I also think this a 'bad' idea but it looks like a town in Holland is now building a 100m long bicycle path to test the concept of solar panels in the pavement. Maybe that slight alteration into a bicycle path works better.