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If you are interested in the environment or reducing the number of animals getting hit by cars, this is a must see. You will not believe this.

The hyperlink feature seems to be missing from this forum, but here is the URL.


Oh. I guess it's an automatic feature then. Very well.
 

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This is the best idea EVER! We need to get these everywhere immediately, thanks for sharing! The more people get the word out the sooner it will happen. :)
 
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They were able to raise the $1M they wanted to, so hopefully they put this project to work soon.
 

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I love this idea, it is fantastic all round! I also read about the possibility of having remote charging of devices, and if that could be combined with solar roadways, we would never have to even stop to recharge our vehicles (if they were electric, obviously).

And anything that will help stop animals from being run over is brilliant in my book anyway. Enough reason to adopt them in itself!
 

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bump
 

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bumping this. surprised there's not more interest?
 

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As a bicycle rider I wonder about traction while riding on glass, especially wet glass hills. The inventors have made half again as much as they were trying for in crowdsourcing this, but there is no significant large-investor interest. Which there would have to be to bring it to market. They invented the process in 2006, and yet I can't order these solar tiles to pave my driveway and power my home. The cost of attempting this on a massive scale is, well, massive. It's burning up FaceBook these days, but no business plan out there can show how to grow this from tiny, to small, to larger, to significant projects, to universal adoption. Maybe one of the tech billionaires will take this on as a pet project, the way Boone Pickens flirted with trying wind power on a meaningful scale. But someone needs to take it on for real, not just announce it and then stealthily creep away.
 

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It seems one factor that's missing from the equation is, the expense of maintenance for such a system. This isn't the sort of thing you just put into place, switch on and you're done. Each of these modules- and there would be billions of them- has the potential of breaking down. Every electrical connection between these billions of units has the potential of malfunctioning. And, this is not the sort of thing that could be repaired by today's government-paid road crews, assuming you could get it to work in the first place; it would require electronic (and mechanical) specialists, and they don't come cheap. Given the extreme conditions- weather, terrain, etc.- and the incessant pounding it would take from high-speed heavy trucks, this is a perfect storm to be a maintenance nightmare. Even solid concrete roadways, reinforced with steel bars, crack and break on a regular basis.

Also, these things would have to be kept clean, in order to function. A layer of road dirt would block them from seeing the sun. Each time it snows, they would cease to work.

It's a nice idea, but for now- and I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade- it's the stuff of science-fiction.
 

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Well here's a real solar road being installed. Sounds like it would be more useful to put the panels on every rooftop.
 

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lets try these out in Disney's Tomorroworld or Las Vegas first
 

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Agree that panels should be on every rooftop. I think they should be required for every home, just like insulation is. Make this part of the building code. Not sure if building codes are state or federal although either way it should be a requirement on new homes. The cost would be negligible since most people buy homes using 30 year loans. So to amortize the cost of the panels would be very small over the length of the loan.

I also think this would never happen since the coal industry has so much influence in Congress. Now that the current Supreme Court has opened the money flood gates, coal can buy anyone they want.
 
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