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Old 06-11-2014, 12:54 PM
 
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I'm not sure if you have heard about this new technology yet but this is a concept where the road ways will generate energy.

Solar FREAKIN' Roadways! - YouTube

If your city or state put this up to a vote would you vote yes or no? Also consider the economic impact (particularly big oil and the cities of Houston and Dallas)
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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I love this idea!!! I wonder though what it would take to maintain these, keep them clean, etc. Hmmm
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:50 PM
 
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Yeah that's what I wondered, how hard would it be to clean them it looks promising though
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:56 PM
 
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Put on white socks and walk down the street. You'll get a glimpse at one of the biggest problems with these. There's no way to keep them clean.
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:00 PM
 
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There are very big problems. Basically it don't work. Maybe for a courtyard or a parking lot.

For a lot of it a heads up display in the car or truck probably work better.
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I like the concept but I don't think it will be needed. Especially as solar panels get smaller and more efficient so we can put them on the houses and buildings directly.
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Old 06-14-2014, 09:06 PM
 
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I like the concept but I don't think it will be needed. Especially as solar panels get smaller and more efficient so we can put them on the houses and buildings directly.
We already put them on houses and buildings (well people who care about clean energy do, anyways).
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Old 06-14-2014, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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We already put them on houses and buildings (well people who care about clean energy do, anyways).
As the cost continues to come down you will see more people adding them.
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Old 06-15-2014, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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What I didn't see were numbers. I suspect that "they'll pay for themselves" is a hope rather than a fact. The capital costs would be enormous. I suspect something like this may be practical in the future, but I don't think now is the time to invest in deploying solar on a massive scale, I think now is the time to invest in improving solar production and efficiency.
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Old 06-15-2014, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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What I didn't see were numbers. I suspect that "they'll pay for themselves" is a hope rather than a fact. The capital costs would be enormous. I suspect something like this may be practical in the future, but I don't think now is the time to invest in deploying solar on a massive scale, I think now is the time to invest in improving solar production and efficiency.
Solar is the future. Just not sure about solar roads.
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