We have some interesting interpretations of the concept commonly known as solar roadways. One of the first makes sense for me include the idea of hot asphalt as the solar collector. Other less literal interpretations of the state of Oregon's Solar Highway project, solar-powered signs, and messages boards are already in use across the country. But the term has become about as literal as it can get - so check out solar roadways.
These guys want every mile of asphalt in the country, fully functioning solar panels, panels that say they can turn our entire nation's three power plays over. Now that an ambitious forecast, and the solar industry, this is full. I want to throw my hat, a skeptic on these, but I do not need to. I mean, the obvious answer, say good, easy to use, do not go obviously. We people on the solar panels on the roof, but to us, The cars, trucks, and buses run on it? Your reply to deadpan Solar Roadways? I dare to (speculate) Absolutely.
I have to admit; their design seems very reasonable, not to some one million odd logistical questions - answers to which they aren't likely to reveal the details at this point anyway. Here some general characteristics of the solar system, road of the future: roads are structurally-engineered solar panels to collect solar energy for use in the vicinity of homes and businesses. Current petroleum-based asphalt roads Replace. Embedded LED lights, the "color" the yellow and white lines on the road. The led lights also deliver up-to-the-minute warning for the driver, signs embedded on the road to the upcoming traffic, weather conditions, etc. to warn electric vehicles can recharge on the road again. Needs about 5 billion 12'x12 'panels to cover any asphalt surface in America (including parking), enough to power three times in the United States.
This is an impressive list of goals, and I must admit, does sound like good, but Mr. Burton would say, do not take my word it. These are a lot of guys get attention and some money from the US Department of Energy. According to on their website, they have chosen to develop a $ 100, 000 research grant from the Solar Roadways concept, enough money to be completed a prototype solar panel.
In a world that eagerly seeks alternative energy sources, the concept for a Solar Roadway seems to be one of the possible ways to harness solar energy for everyday purposes. Put to practice it should give us an intelligent road capable of providing clean, renewable energy, and at the same time allowing for safer driving conditions. Besides providing power it would also provide data delivery. This solar roadway should be able to pay for itself through the generation of electricity, but also from other forms of revenue, such as leasing to service providers like telephone, cable TV, and high-speed internet industries.
As you know, it isn't sunny and beautiful year round, anywhere. So what happens in the dark and stormy months of the fall and winter? Well, during weather same as like this, the Solar Roadway would use the energy that it has stored within its layers, to heat up the surface by melting the snow or ice and clearing the roads of hazardous materials. These Solar Roadway is comprised of 3 different layers.