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Why the Solar Roadways Project on Indiegogo is Actually Really Silly
Equites ^ | 5/23/14 | Joel Anderson

Posted on 05/25/2014 11:25:36 AM PDT by Oliviaforever

In the first month since posting their project on Indiegogo, Idaho couple Scott and Julie Brusaw raised over $400,000, and were rapidly approaching half of their $1 million goal in the Friday prior to Memorial Day weekend. Their idea? Solar roadways.

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1 posted on 05/25/2014 11:25:36 AM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: Oliviaforever

Seems pretty smart to me.
Get a crazy, impractical and unworkable idea, few CAD / artists images, and collect tons of money from silly greenie / watermelon fools.


2 posted on 05/25/2014 11:43:38 AM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: Oliviaforever
Watched the video. Sounds good but they leave out one factor: cost. This is Solyndra times a billion, a pure waste of time. It must be completely subsidized to make it work.
3 posted on 05/25/2014 11:43:38 AM PDT by Fungi
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To: Oliviaforever

The author makes a common sense and well reasoned argument as to why solar roadways are a bad idea. Of course liberals will immediately charge him with being a paid shill for big oil, anti-green, racist, and probably homophobic.


4 posted on 05/25/2014 11:51:28 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: ThunderSleeps

What a scam on those who have judgement problems. However, it is better they spend their money on this idiocy, rather than steal taxpayers’ money to do so.


5 posted on 05/25/2014 12:03:32 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Oliviaforever
It looks like something out of the Tek Wars television series that William Shatner put out in the 1990's.It may look impressive, but difficult to do with 2010's technology or even possibly 2040's technology.
6 posted on 05/25/2014 12:12:23 PM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: ThunderSleeps; All

If tires don’t grip the high-tech glass as well as they grip asphalt, I wonder if fuel efficiency will go down?

On a related note, I wonder if brakes will be less effective on the glass when there’s rain and snow.

Also, if I was a pedestrian who was trying to get across a wet glass road and I started jogging across the road to try to get across instead of waiting for an oncoming car to pass, what are my chances of slipping on the glass and falling compared with asphalt?


7 posted on 05/25/2014 12:17:12 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: LegendHasIt
I wonder if I can get some greenie money for my idea of laying piezoelectric crystals below concrete or asphalt and collecting the electricity?


8 posted on 05/25/2014 12:18:27 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: FreeAtlanta
I wonder if I can get some greenie money for my idea of laying piezoelectric crystals below concrete or asphalt and collecting the electricity?

That would just be a hidden tax. When the piezoelectric crystal is compressed the auto is being slowed very slightly. So it would cost everyone who used it by lowering their mileage.

9 posted on 05/25/2014 12:25:39 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: Fungi

This is as stupid as anything....It may well get lots of oh gee funding from other stupid people. Never let facts and science get in the way of a good scam


10 posted on 05/25/2014 12:30:02 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: ThunderSleeps

precisely


11 posted on 05/25/2014 12:30:32 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster

I knew it was stupid from the title alone


12 posted on 05/25/2014 12:31:25 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: LegendHasIt

Okay, I’m in! I could use some cash.


13 posted on 05/25/2014 12:32:02 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Oliviaforever

I just saw the solar freakin roadway video for the first time today. It is interesting if typical how the proponents love to shout down any opposition. The basis for the pro arguments seems to be “Well, they have engineers working on this stuff, so I’m sure they have considered it/will figure it out.”

Some of the considerations I haven’t seen discussed yet include the following:

1. The road surface would be black after a short time due to the tires scrubbing across it. Electricity output would decline to near zero.

2. Solar cells degrade over time. After the huge initial investment, there would be a huge continuing investment of replacing them all in 20-25 years.

3. Every road where these were installed would require a new cable vault installed beside it where the interconnections and power transmission would be accomplished. This is another huge expense.

4. Part of the incentive for this project seems to be the factor of how cool it would look at night. That “Tron” look takes electric power, which is not being generated by solar cells when there’s no sunlight. We will still need baseload coal, natural gas or nuclear power plants to power up the huge electrical load posed by these roads for many hours every day.

5. Consider driving over an asphalt road surface in the rain. Now replace the asphalt with tempered glass. How does that affect your vehicle’s stopping distance? “The road was as slick as glass” takes on an entirely new meaning if it actually IS glass.

6. Painted lines on asphalt are permanent. They don’t glitch out or disappear when their computer restarts.

The idea sounds wonderful and innovative, but without further study and proof of concept, I’m not going to get too excited about it.


14 posted on 05/25/2014 12:35:08 PM PDT by Tarantulas ( Illegal immigration - the trojan horse that's treated like a sacred cow)
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To: GeronL

sometimes the headlines do tell it all ;)


15 posted on 05/25/2014 12:39:58 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Oliviaforever

Crowd funding gone wild. At least the cold fusion dudes aren’t posting ...


16 posted on 05/25/2014 12:42:51 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: Tarantulas

Let them raise the money and build some short stretches of road using this technology and see how it pans out.


17 posted on 05/25/2014 1:06:20 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Oliviaforever

Indiegogo? I guess it a good place to raise money for scams...


18 posted on 05/25/2014 1:07:45 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: TangoLimaSierra

lol, yeah, but isn’t that already happening to the asphalt and concrete?


19 posted on 05/25/2014 1:17:02 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: FreeAtlanta

No.


20 posted on 05/25/2014 1:42:48 PM PDT by DB
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To: Oliviaforever

OpenDNS blocks access to the site you posted because they say it is a phishing site.


21 posted on 05/25/2014 1:45:33 PM PDT by DB
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To: Tarantulas

Why not build roofs over roads and put the solar panels there. All season roads plus solar power.... roads would last longer too.


22 posted on 05/25/2014 2:13:39 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: FreeAtlanta

You might be right about asphalt.


23 posted on 05/25/2014 2:22:01 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: Oliviaforever
One EMP event and you'd have to replace every single tile. Not to mention the inconvenience of no lines on the road, no lighting and no electricity. Dumb roads make much more sense, and they're already paid for.
24 posted on 05/25/2014 4:07:44 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: Oliviaforever

The only thing wrong with “distributed” solar power is laws that require it be purchased by electric power distribution nets.

If it were economically efficient on its on, it would simply displace need for electricity from the grid, at a particular source of use, and that would be the end of it. The fact it it is not done that way puts the economic efficiency of it in question if it was not supported by government mandates and subsidies.


25 posted on 05/25/2014 6:46:25 PM PDT by Wuli
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