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Electric Avenue: Solar Road Panels Offer Asphalt Alternative
Der Spiegel ^ | May 24, 2013 – 06:14 PM | Sören Harder

Posted on 05/26/2013 11:22:35 AM PDT by Olog-hai

A lot of thought is put into how much energy we use to drive from point A to B. But what if the road itself could generate energy? Julie and Scott Brusaw, a married couple from Sandpoint, Idaho, have taken on just such a concept, which they hope will make the auto transport of the future cleaner and safer.

The idea is as simple as it is ingenious. Wherever roads are laid, solar panels could go instead. They would generate electricity, which would in turn be fed into the grid. Thus, oil is conserved twice: Electric cars could be charged with the energy produced by the panels, and the panels would replace the use of asphalt, the production of which requires petroleum.

Moreover, Solar Roadways, as the Brusaws have dubbed their invention, are heated and equipped with integrated LED screens, which act not only as street markings, but can also show warnings directly on the road. …

(Excerpt) Read more at spiegel.de ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: electriccars; highways; pipedreams; solarpanels
Uh, traction issues? Dust adhesion? Weather damage, never mind earthquake damage (which is mentioned later in the article)?

Not really original, though. Exploration of capture of solar/heat energy that blacktop usually radiates away has been pondered in the past.

1 posted on 05/26/2013 11:22:35 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I think that it would be far more feasible to transfer the energy from the asphalt heat to something useful.

If solar panels will be used, it’d be far better to have them along the highway, rather than have them be the highway.


2 posted on 05/26/2013 11:26:03 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Olog-hai

Would like to see a good old-fashioned cost/benefit analysis on this idea before wasting any time reading about it.


3 posted on 05/26/2013 11:27:59 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama's Chechens are coming home...to roost.)
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To: Olog-hai
While I agree with your answer, I must admire their thinking.
My guess is most of the obstacles could be over come except:

Can you just imagine using solar to supply electricity in Ohio where it is cloudy at least 360 days a year.

4 posted on 05/26/2013 11:29:00 AM PDT by Tupelo (The Government lies, then the media lies to cover up the government lies.)
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To: Jonty30

This is just some kind of money grab. No way you can build a road out of solar panels. It doesn’t take much force to break one much less having a large cargo truck running over them on a daily basis. BS


5 posted on 05/26/2013 11:31:10 AM PDT by glyptol
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To: Olog-hai

Aside from everything else, I wonder how efficient solar panels are covered in road grime and leaking automotive fluids?


6 posted on 05/26/2013 11:36:48 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (It is the deviants who are the bullies.)
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To: glyptol

I agree.

You also cannot readily change the panels during times of heavy traffic. It would create big problems than anything it could solve.


7 posted on 05/26/2013 11:39:01 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Olog-hai
The idea is as simple as it is ingenious.

Damn translators. The original German text said, "The idea is as stupid as it is ridiculous."

8 posted on 05/26/2013 11:44:01 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (People are idiots.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

bump


9 posted on 05/26/2013 11:44:47 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Olog-hai

wind turbines on cars... so that when they go fast, more energy is created and we will never have to buy gasoline again.... yea green team yea

sarcasm tag not included.


10 posted on 05/26/2013 11:45:44 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: Olog-hai

This will go about as well as their previous project, where they attempted to create a road surface out of rice crispy treats. It was supposed to simultaneously reduce the use of petroleum for asphalt and address the problem of hunger in the world. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but then the birds . . .


11 posted on 05/26/2013 11:47:53 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (People are idiots.)
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To: teeman8r

>>wind turbines on cars... so that when they go fast, more energy is created and we will never have to buy gasoline again.... yea green team yea

I was talking to one of the watermelons at work one day and suggested this to him. He took off with it and was sketching out designs by the end of the day. He thought that “we” had just discovered the thing that would save the planet.


12 posted on 05/26/2013 11:55:49 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Olog-hai
Cost/benefit:

Cost - horrendous when considering maintenance

Benefit - "In 2009 they received their first government grants to construct the prototypes."

Benefit - "The Brusaws' work was impressive enough that this spring, they are launching a pilot project, for which the state awarded them $750,000."

The last sentence in the article - "It sounds almost too good to be true."

Anybody want to finish that sentence?

13 posted on 05/26/2013 12:02:31 PM PDT by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: Olog-hai

Unh, the solar panels are the road surface?

Aren’t such panels just a little FRAGILE for such an application?

Make more sense to lay down mirrored surfaces, and let the tortoises crossing the road admire themselves. The energy such narcissism would give the turtles is surely greater than all the electrical energy that is likely to be generated by the solar panel roadways.

The first pressure greater than about 2 psi would almost certainly crack the panel and leave it useless.


14 posted on 05/26/2013 12:05:13 PM PDT by alloysteel (If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.)
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To: RoosterRedux

The government likes cost-benefit analyses, especially done before spending 100 times more on a public transportation project than should have been spent.


15 posted on 05/26/2013 12:11:19 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Bryanw92

i want in and i’ll throw this out there.... feed tuna mayonaisse... cut out the middle man in tuna fish...

thanks

have a great memorial day weekend...

i am not driving on the solar panels this weekend

but will face palm when chevy comes out with the new wind energy car... blows...


16 posted on 05/26/2013 12:14:58 PM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: teeman8r

>>but will face palm when chevy comes out with the new wind energy car..

I’m sure that Chevy will come out with the Shake-Weight drive first.


17 posted on 05/26/2013 12:18:03 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Olog-hai
The idea is as simple as it is ingenious. Wherever roads are laid, solar panels could go instead. They would generate electricity, which would in turn be fed into the grid. Thus, oil is conserved twice: Electric cars could be charged with the energy produced by the panels, and the panels would replace the use of asphalt, the production of which requires petroleum.

Asphalt is more of a petroleum by product. It's what' left over after everything else has been distilled out.

18 posted on 05/26/2013 12:22:33 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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19 posted on 05/26/2013 12:24:13 PM PDT by RedMDer (You are Free Republic. There are no outside influences. Just us, all of us. Please donate today!)
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To: teeman8r

beanie cars....We need some graphics....Joe...where are you??


20 posted on 05/26/2013 12:55:06 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Olog-hai

Bring back streetcars!


21 posted on 05/26/2013 1:14:19 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.

Since libs really like buses (take note of which party was in power during the vast majority of conversions from streetcar to bus, never mind the government takeovers of such systems), I’d say go for it. Streetcar systems can be built for less than $10M per mile. It’s when the libs start calling it “light rail” that the costs climb up as high as $100 million per mile . . .


22 posted on 05/26/2013 1:26:40 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

How about covered in snow, ice and road sand?


23 posted on 05/26/2013 1:40:02 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Olog-hai

Another example of why leftist should NEVER be in charge of anything.


24 posted on 05/26/2013 1:45:01 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: muir_redwoods

We’re going to rock down to, Electric Avenue....


25 posted on 05/26/2013 1:45:29 PM PDT by Marshall 4x12 (Remind me which country this is?)
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To: Marshall 4x12
Oi!
26 posted on 05/26/2013 1:51:49 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: sonofagun

Cost/benefit:
Cost - horrendous when considering maintenance

Benefit - “In 2009 they received their first government grants to construct the prototypes.”

Benefit - “The Brusaws’ work was impressive enough that this spring, they are launching a pilot project, for which the state awarded them $750,000.”

The last sentence in the article - “It sounds almost too good to be true.”

Anybody want to finish that sentence?


They then turned around and made a generous contribution to the local democrat politician, before suddenly and unexpectedly, filing for bankruptcy?


27 posted on 05/26/2013 2:00:18 PM PDT by Red Boots
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To: RoosterRedux

Cue the typical Green reaction:

“A **COST-BENEFIT-ANALYSIS** ??? That sort of supposedly “objective” thinking is indicative of male-dominated pen*s-science. and objectifies Mother Gaia. . . “

Did I get the tone right ??? (grin)


28 posted on 05/26/2013 2:31:57 PM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: Salgak

Heheh...you got that one right!


29 posted on 05/26/2013 4:48:02 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama's Chechens are coming home...to roost.)
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To: Olog-hai

Can one do burn-outs on them?

How would they stand up to roadkill?

Would street walkers get shocked?


30 posted on 05/26/2013 4:55:05 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: Olog-hai

I see a drop in power output in the morning and in the evening, during rush hour. If there were to be an accident, there would be similar problems


31 posted on 05/26/2013 4:55:35 PM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: Olog-hai

32 posted on 05/26/2013 5:02:17 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Olog-hai

The current roads today can’t even stand up to the constant traffic of overweight haulers.........


33 posted on 05/26/2013 5:09:45 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: COBOL2Java

Too bad they Warhol-ized that cover.


34 posted on 05/26/2013 5:39:52 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

Streetwalkers or just pedestrians?


35 posted on 05/26/2013 5:40:37 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

We can hardly keep up with maintaining our existing paved roads. As others have pointed out, imagine the maintenance issues involved with your car driving on a road that is an electrical solar panel...Think filling pot-holes is a budget issue? Imagine fixing solar-road pot holes.


36 posted on 05/26/2013 5:44:55 PM PDT by joseph20 (...to ourselves and our Posterity...)
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To: joseph20

I was too busy imagining what they would look like after fully-loaded eighteen-wheelers went over them . . .


37 posted on 05/26/2013 5:47:45 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

LOL...all maintained by unions...Pffft!


38 posted on 05/26/2013 6:04:29 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob

Hate to imagine the size of crews standing around while a tenth of them are laying “solar panel” road surface . . .


39 posted on 05/26/2013 6:05:36 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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