Someone stole a chunk of China’s new solar roadway

January 10, 2018 by  
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When detractors were howling about solar roadways’ flaws , concerns about theft wasn’t among them. Apparently it should have been, because a few days ago, thieves cut out and ran away with a chunk of China’s recently unveiled solar highway — a move nobody predicted. Thieves cut out a nearly 6″ by 73″ portion of the solar roadway on January 2, just days after it was debuted on December 28. Officials aren’t sure why someone would steal a small section of road, because while the roadway itself was a costly endeavor, the solar panels aren’t worth that much money. Related: Rugged solar roads to hit four continents in 2017 One idea is that the thieves wanted to understand how the technology worked, so rather than ask an engineer, they took a slice of road. Since the theft took place, the roadway has been repaired. Via Engadget Images via QTDG

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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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Solar Roadways Crowdfunding Campaign Blitzes Goal

May 30, 2014 by  
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Inhabitat has been reporting on the Solar Roadways project since 2009 , so we are excited to see that their latest Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign has raised over US$1.5 million! Funds are going towards production costs and hiring staff, and there’s still a short amount of time left to show your support until the midnight PT, May 31 deadline. Read the rest of Solar Roadways Crowdfunding Campaign Blitzes Goal Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Crowdfunding , green jobs , indiegogo campaign , jobs , modular solar power system , Solar Freakin’ Roadways , solar panels , solar roadways , solar-powered road

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Solar Roadways Set to Build First Solar Parking Lot

August 19, 2011 by  
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Solar Roadways, the company behind a technology that could transform the nation’s roads into a network of shatter-proof, energy-generating solar panels, has just a received a new $750,000 grant from the federal government.  With that money, the team will get to work at developing a prototype solar parking lot that will fully put their technology to the test. The federal government has previously given the start-up a $100,000 grant and they also received $50,000 from GE’s Ecomagination Challenge that allowed the company to fully develop its 12 foot x 12 foot solar panel.  The panels contain LED lights that could display road warnings and directions, while embedded heating elements could also help keep snow and ice from gathering on roads.  Underground wires will connect the panels to the grid to power street lights and even nearby buildings. This fantastic idea has only one real drawback — each panel costs about $7,000, which when spread across a network of roads and parking lots would add up quickly.  Hopefully as Solar Roadways continues to test and develop its technology, cost-saving measures can also be found. via Businessweek

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Solar Roadways Get $750,000 For Bigger Prototype; Maybe It’s Not So Crazy After All

August 18, 2011 by  
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Scott Brusaw, Image credit Solar Roadway When TreeHugger first covered Solar Roadways four years ago, Founder and invento Scott Brusaw was kind enough to leave a very long and thoughtful comment on the post, explaining how it worked. When Solar Roadways got a $100,000 grant from the Department of Energy two years ago, the Infrastructurist called it “totally batshit crazy… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Should Corporations Have Their Own Green Stimulus Plan?

August 18, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Google Yesterday I mused on whether we, as individuals, should have our own personal green stimulus plan . Given that significant Government spending seems to be off the cards right now, I thought, can each of us find ways to modify our spending and saving patterns to ensure that cleaner, more ethical, and more innovative businesses, organizations and even ways of thinking survive the economic downturn and sloth-like recovery better than their planet-pillaging competitors. At the time I refe… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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A Greener Way To Get Into Space: The Bloon

August 18, 2011 by  
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Images credit Bloon Rockets can be dirty things, spewing perchlorates and other wastes. Even when they burn hydrogen and oxygen, there is a huge carbon footprint to liquifying the stuff. The Virgin Galactic will be running on a pretty clean fuel but isn’t perfect. The Bloon may be the cleanest and greenest way to get close to space. It’s a giant balloon that will take passengers 36 km up at a leisurely pace…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Four Solar Road Designs Unveiled by University of Rhode Island

November 11, 2010 by  
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There are 2.7 million miles of public roads in the United States, and in the past we’ve seen several innovative designs that transform these paved surfaces into energy and heat-generating solar roads . One company, Solar Roadways , has even come up with a prototype solar panel for roads, however they are expensive ($7,000 each) and it has been estimated that the cost for transforming the whole country’s roads solar would top $35 trillion. Faced with this is ridiculous cost, the University of Rhode Island has come up with four feasible methods for super-charging our roads with solar power – read on for a look at each! Read the rest of Four Solar Road Designs Unveiled by University of Rhode Island 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: K

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Solar Roadway Idea Receives $50K in Funding

October 14, 2010 by  
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Husband and wife Scott and Julie Brusaw are the winners of the first GE Ecomagination Challenge for their Solar Roadway concept.  As winners they’ve been awarded $50,000 in cash to develop the idea. The concept for the solar roadway is just what it sounds like:  a road made up of solar panels.  The Brusaws are working with university researchers to develop a glass encasing for the panels that is as strong as or stronger than pavement.  Once that major hurdle is cleared, the team foresees stretches of roads and parking lots made from these panels that would power nearby businesses and EV charging stations. The cash award will be used towards research and bringing in experts to work on developing the idea

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Solar Roadway Prototype Lights Up

March 22, 2010 by  
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Images by YERT via Solar Roadways Three years ago, we were pretty dismissive of Scott Brusaw’s solar roadway . However you couldn’t deny the guy’s passion; he took the time to respond to every commenter’s complaint

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