Solar Roadways

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    Nov 11, 2014 3:52 AM GMT
    I really hope this a step in the right direction for our (and our childrens'/grandchlidrens') future.

    http://mic.com/articles/103814/the-netherlands-has-solar-bike-paths-and-they-are-awesome
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    Nov 11, 2014 4:13 AM GMT
    Glad to see they moved away from the Hexagon shape.

    As for the degree, they could have sunk in each chip to
    the correct degree.

    The fundamental issue is that getting the money back from the investment just isn't going to happen, not unless this is in a place like Las Vegas or around the equator where it gets more direct light.

    Not unless we can get more power out of each cell, or make each cell so cheap that each paver/section is more affordable and pays off in the short run.

    Or if oil and other fossil fuels become so expensive that the cost to make and place these street solar blocks competitive.

    One thing that is going to hamper short term deployment and commercial acceptance of solar is Germany's failed flirtation with wind power. Frankly I fail to see how the technology failed, it was only the expectations and deployment of wind technology that failed.

    I see great potential for the street solar cell systems, but I also see the greater potential that deployment by those who will use such will make it a no go situation.

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    Nov 11, 2014 3:47 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI really hope this a step in the right direction for our (and our childrens'/grandchlidrens') future.

    http://mic.com/articles/103814/the-netherlands-has-solar-bike-paths-and-they-are-awesome


    A monument to human stupidity. And I thought war was the stupidest thing to spend money on. Why would you purposely put a solar panel in harms way and in the shadow of anyone using it and purposely not point it towards the sun? As if you could not place it right next to the roadway or over the roadway as a shade structure. Solar cells are connected in series and parallel circuits. Some of the Siemens panels used to be mostly series circuits so a small leaf on a 60 cm x 100 cm panel would shut down the whole panel until it was moved. If the panels are also connected in series a bird dropping on one panel would effect the performance of the until array .
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    Nov 11, 2014 4:32 PM GMT
    Alpha13 said
    paulflexes saidI really hope this a step in the right direction for our (and our childrens'/grandchlidrens') future.

    http://mic.com/articles/103814/the-netherlands-has-solar-bike-paths-and-they-are-awesome


    A monument to human stupidity. And I thought war was the stupidest thing to spend money on. Why would you purposely put a solar panel in harms way and in the shadow of anyone using it and purposely not point it towards the sun? As if you could not place it right next to the roadway or over the roadway as a shade structure. Solar cells are connected in series and parallel circuits. Some of the Siemens panels used to be mostly series circuits so a small leaf on a 60 cm x 100 cm panel would shut down the whole panel until it was moved. If the panels are also connected in series a bird dropping on one panel would effect the performance of the until array .
    The technology is still in its infancy. Give it time. icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 11, 2014 5:02 PM GMT
    A much better idea would be solar paneled roof structures over areas that could benefit from the shade, like parking lots and aqueducts.
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    Nov 12, 2014 2:11 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Alpha13 said
    paulflexes saidI really hope this a step in the right direction for our (and our childrens'/grandchlidrens') future.

    http://mic.com/articles/103814/the-netherlands-has-solar-bike-paths-and-they-are-awesome


    A monument to human stupidity. And I thought war was the stupidest thing to spend money on. Why would you purposely put a solar panel in harms way and in the shadow of anyone using it and purposely not point it towards the sun? As if you could not place it right next to the roadway or over the roadway as a shade structure. Solar cells are connected in series and parallel circuits. Some of the Siemens panels used to be mostly series circuits so a small leaf on a 60 cm x 100 cm panel would shut down the whole panel until it was moved. If the panels are also connected in series a bird dropping on one panel would effect the performance of the until array .
    The technology is still in its infancy. Give it time. icon_wink.gif



    I installed my first photovoltaic system in 1984. The sun has not changed much since then and don't expect the laws of physics to change. Solar panels are also very slippery . Vehicles depend on friction for traction and to steer so solar panels as driving surfaces are just so wrong .
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    Nov 12, 2014 3:20 AM GMT
    Alpha13 said
    paulflexes said
    Alpha13 said
    paulflexes saidI really hope this a step in the right direction for our (and our childrens'/grandchlidrens') future.

    http://mic.com/articles/103814/the-netherlands-has-solar-bike-paths-and-they-are-awesome


    A monument to human stupidity. And I thought war was the stupidest thing to spend money on. Why would you purposely put a solar panel in harms way and in the shadow of anyone using it and purposely not point it towards the sun? As if you could not place it right next to the roadway or over the roadway as a shade structure. Solar cells are connected in series and parallel circuits. Some of the Siemens panels used to be mostly series circuits so a small leaf on a 60 cm x 100 cm panel would shut down the whole panel until it was moved. If the panels are also connected in series a bird dropping on one panel would effect the performance of the until array .
    The technology is still in its infancy. Give it time. icon_wink.gif



    I installed my first photovoltaic system in 1984. The sun has not changed much since then and don't expect the laws of physics to change. Solar panels are also very slippery . Vehicles depend on friction for traction and to steer so solar panels as driving surfaces are just so wrong .
    You obviously did not read the article, nor have you read articles related to this.
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    Nov 12, 2014 6:23 AM GMT
    Huh, solar panels free of toxic byproducts have yet to be developed.

    Where are all the toxic solar production byproducts being dumped???

    http://www.businessinsider.com/solar-panel-makers-grappling-with-waste-2013-2
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    Nov 12, 2014 8:46 AM GMT
    mx5guynj saidHuh, solar panels free of toxic byproducts have yet to be developed.

    Where are all the toxic solar production byproducts being dumped???

    http://www.businessinsider.com/solar-panel-makers-grappling-with-waste-2013-2


    making semiconductors is a dirty business - right up their with making batteries
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    Nov 12, 2014 2:07 PM GMT
    Which is why there's a serious recycling problem with hybrid car batteries:

    http://www.waste-management-world.com/articles/print/volume-12/issue-4/features/the-lithium-battery-recycling-challenge.html
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    Nov 12, 2014 7:09 PM GMT
    Yet every little leaf does the trick
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    Nov 13, 2014 4:39 AM GMT
    mx5guynj saidHuh, solar panels free of toxic byproducts have yet to be developed.

    Where are all the toxic solar production byproducts being dumped???


    Yes, this was a major reason why we never had an Industrial Revolution: no way to refine oil (or mine coal) without toxic byproducts. The environmentalists just won't have it.

    'Scuse me while I brush my horse.