First Wattway solar road pilot in US pops up in rural Georgia

February 7, 2017 by  
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The first Wattway solar road pilot in America has popped up in rural west Georgia . The Ray C. Anderson Foundation , named for sustainable manufacturing pioneer Ray Anderson, is testing renewable technologies along an 18-mile stretch of road, and recently installed 538 square feet of Colas ‘ Wattway solar road system near the border between Georgia and Alabama. Part of Georgia’s Interstate 85 was named for Anderson, but as over five million tons of carbon dioxide are emitted yearly on that road portion alone, Anderson’s family felt placing his name there didn’t honor his legacy, and began to look into renewable technologies to clear the air – so to speak. Thus began The Ray , an 18-mile living laboratory for clean technologies, including not only the solar roads, but also a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station , and WheelRight , a system people can drive over to test their tire pressure, which could lead to improved fuel inefficiency. Related: France officially opens the world’s first solar panel road The first Wattway solar panel pilot is part of The Ray near a Georgia Visitor Information Center in West Point, Georgia. According to Wattway by Colas, the average expected output for the 538-square-meter pilot is anticipated to be 7,000 kilowatt-hours per year, which will help power the center. And these technologies are just the beginning. The foundation will also construct bioswales , or shallow drainage ditches filled with native Georgia plants to capture pollutants during rain. In a right-of-way space, they’ll build a one megawatt solar installation . They’re working with the Georgia Department of Transportation to bring such ideas to life along the 18-mile road stretch. Not only will several of their projects beautify the highway, but will generate clean energy and bring in money for investors. And other parts of the state have shown interest in building their own Wattway roads. The Ray executive director Allie Kelly dreams of a day when highways will “serve as a power grid for the future,” but she believes that day is coming sooner than we may think. She told Curbed, “We’re at a tipping point in transportation . In five to ten years, we won’t remember a time when we invested a dime in infrastructure spending for a road that only did one thing.” + The Ray + Wattway by Colas Via Curbed Images © Valerie Bennett and via The Ray

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Tiny TigerMoth Camper generates power while being towed

February 7, 2017 by  
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Taxa Outdoors’ tow camper, the TigerMoth , is a compact home on wheels geared towards traveling adventurers. The lightweight camper sleeps two, has LED lights, and even better, comes with a built-in electrical system that generates energy while being towed. The camper’s battery can store energy for at least seven days, making off-grid living easier than ever before. Although certainly compact, the camper sleeps two comfortably and thanks to its lightweight size of just 900 pounds, can be towed virtually anywhere. The unique side latch allows for easy access and the large window allows for amazing views and air circulation. Built with adventurers in mind, the small structure has a roof rack system for bikes or kayaks, a tongue-mounted toolbox, and a roof cargo deck for additional gear storage. Related: Traveling family renovates old school bus as both solar-powered home and hostel The camper’s tow vehicle connection recharges the battery while on the road, providing enough electricity for at least seven days of off-grid living . Although solar panels have to be ordered, the camper roof is pre-wired for installation. As far as the basic amenities go, the tiny camper can sleep two people comfortably and comes with LED lighting installed in the kitchen area and sleeping area. There is 5.5 square feet of countertop for food preparation or work space. Along with various hooks and bungees, two large cubbies provide extra storage space. + Taca Outdoors

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France to pave 1,000 kilometers of road with solar panels

February 1, 2016 by  
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Detractors Say that Solar Roadways Must Be Stopped

June 5, 2014 by  
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Solar Roadways have been getting a lot of attention lately after securing nearly $2 million in funding on Indiegogo – but some detractors are decrying the innovation, saying that the idea just won’t work. The inventors of Solar Roadways say the project has the potential to free the US from dirty energy, save lives with intelligent signage and make roads safer with heating. But critics say that output issues, noisy roads and a simple lack of need mean that Solar Roadways just won’t fly. Read the rest of Detractors Say that Solar Roadways Must Be Stopped Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: drivable solar panels , Renewables International magazine , solar panels , Solar Power , solar power innovations , solar roads , Solar roads Indiegogo , solar roadways , Solar Roadways cons , Solar Roadways detractors , Solar Roadways funding , Solar Roadways Indiegogo , Solar Roadways problems , Solar Roadways renewables international , Solar Roadways support

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Wind Turbine Bridge Transforms Italian Viaduct Into Public Space

February 5, 2011 by  
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A bridge that repurposes abandoned viaducts, produces energy AND looks futuristically sleek? Yes, it can be true, and it is Italy’s proposed Wind Turbine Viaduct called “Solar Wind.” Southern Italy is dotted with unused viaducts, and rather than spending $50 million to tear them down, town officials near Calabria held a competition called “Solar Park South ,” open to designers and engineers asking them to come up with an environmentally conscious way to re-use the existing structures

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EnPieza’s Shimmering Volivik Chandelier is Made From Recycled Bic Pens!

February 5, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of EnPieza’s Shimmering Volivik Chandelier is Made From Recycled Bic Pens! http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bic pen chandelier , bic pen chandlier , bic pen light , bic pen pendant lamp , eco design , eco lighting , ecofirstart , en pieza , enpieza , green design , green lighting , hanging pen light , Lucas Munoz , pen chandelier , pen lamp , sustainable design , used pen chandelier , used pen light , volivik , Volivik chandelier , Volivik Lamp by En Pieza

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Air Pollution-Fighting Road Treatment Breaks Down Auto Emissions

January 25, 2011 by  
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Here at Inhabitat we’ve covered many designs for greener roadways – from solar streets and kinetic-energy generating roads to that machines lay out fully-assembled streets . However a U.S. company called Pureti, Inc

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Hydrogen-Powered “Flying Yacht” Based On the Ekranoplan

January 25, 2011 by  
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Australian designer Jaron Dickson has come up with a concept for a hydrogen-powered, flying yacht. If that wasn’t cool enough, the yacht is based on the legendary Soviet super-vehicle the Ekranoplan. As a result, this cool little boat, which has been shortlisted for an Australian Design Award , is called the EkranoYacht – read on for a look! Read the rest of Hydrogen-Powered “Flying Yacht” Based On the Ekranoplan http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airplane , Australian Design Awards , concept , Design , ekranoplan , ekranoplane , ekranoyacht , flying yacht , hydrogen yacht , Jaron Dickson , luxury yacht

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