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Solar-panel roads to be built on four continents in 2017 with Calgary next in line

Post by evilconempire » Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:38 pm

Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg News

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Electric avenues that can transmit the sun’s energy onto power grids may be coming to a city near you.

A subsidiary of Bouygues SA has designed rugged solar panels, capable of withstand the weight of an 18-wheeler truck, that they’re now building into road surfaces. After nearly five years of research and laboratory tests, they’re constructing 100 outdoor test sites and plan to commercialize the technology in early 2018.

“We wanted to find a second life for a road,” said Philippe Harelle, the chief technology officer at Colas SA’s Wattway unit, owned by the French engineering group Bouygues. “Solar farms use land that could otherwise be for agriculture, while the roads are free.”

As solar costs plummet, panels are being increasingly integrated into everyday materials. Last month Tesla Motors Inc. surprised investors by unveiling roof shingles that double as solar panels. Other companies are integrating photovoltaics into building facades. Wattway joins groups including Sweden’s Scania and Solar Roadways in the U.S. seeking to integrate panels onto pavement.

To resist the weight of traffic, Wattway layers several types of plastics to create a clear and durable casing. The solar panel underneath is an ordinary model, similar to panels on rooftops. The electrical wiring is embedded in the road and the contraption is topped by an anti-slip surface made from crushed glass.

A kilometer-sized testing site began construction last month in the French village of Tourouvre in Normandy. The 2,800 square meters of solar panels are expected to generate 280 kilowatts at peak, with the installation generating enough to power all the public lighting in a town of 5,000 for a year, according to the company.

For now, the cost of the materials makes only demonstration projects sensible. A square meter of the solar road currently costs 2,000 (US$2,126) and 2,500 euros. That includes monitoring, data collection and installation costs. Wattway he can make the price competitive with traditional solar farms by 2020.

The electricity generated by this stretch of solar road will feed directly into the grid. Another test site is being used to charge electric vehicles. A third will power a small hydrogen production plant. Wattway has also installed its panels to light electronic billboards and is working on links to street lights.

The next two sites will be in Calgary in Canada and in the U.S. state of Georgia. Wattway also plans to build them in Africa, Japan and throughout the European Union.

“We need to test for all kinds of different traffic and climate conditions,” Harelle said. “I want to find the limits of it. We think that maybe it will not be able to withstand a snow plow.”

The potential fragility joins cost as a potential hurdle.

“We’re seeing solar get integrated in a number of things, from windows in buildings to rooftops of cars, made possible by the falling cost of panels,” Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst Pietro Radoia said. “On roads, I don’t think that it will really take off unless there’s a shortage of land sometime in the future.”‘
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Post by barrysoetoro » Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:54 pm

Who's gonna pay for that?

Would the Johnson/Weld administration?
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Post by barrysoetoro » Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:04 am

evilconempire wrote:
Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:38 pm
Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg News

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Electric avenues that can transmit the sun’s energy onto power grids may be coming to a city near you.

A subsidiary of Bouygues SA has designed rugged solar panels, capable of withstand the weight of an 18-wheeler truck, that they’re now building into road surfaces. After nearly five years of research and laboratory tests, they’re constructing 100 outdoor test sites and plan to commercialize the technology in early 2018.

“We wanted to find a second life for a road,” said Philippe Harelle, the chief technology officer at Colas SA’s Wattway unit, owned by the French engineering group Bouygues. “Solar farms use land that could otherwise be for agriculture, while the roads are free.”

As solar costs plummet, panels are being increasingly integrated into everyday materials. Last month Tesla Motors Inc. surprised investors by unveiling roof shingles that double as solar panels. Other companies are integrating photovoltaics into building facades. Wattway joins groups including Sweden’s Scania and Solar Roadways in the U.S. seeking to integrate panels onto pavement.

To resist the weight of traffic, Wattway layers several types of plastics to create a clear and durable casing. The solar panel underneath is an ordinary model, similar to panels on rooftops. The electrical wiring is embedded in the road and the contraption is topped by an anti-slip surface made from crushed glass.

A kilometer-sized testing site began construction last month in the French village of Tourouvre in Normandy. The 2,800 square meters of solar panels are expected to generate 280 kilowatts at peak, with the installation generating enough to power all the public lighting in a town of 5,000 for a year, according to the company.

For now, the cost of the materials makes only demonstration projects sensible. A square meter of the solar road currently costs 2,000 (US$2,126) and 2,500 euros. That includes monitoring, data collection and installation costs. Wattway he can make the price competitive with traditional solar farms by 2020.

The electricity generated by this stretch of solar road will feed directly into the grid. Another test site is being used to charge electric vehicles. A third will power a small hydrogen production plant. Wattway has also installed its panels to light electronic billboards and is working on links to street lights.

The next two sites will be in Calgary in Canada and in the U.S. state of Georgia. Wattway also plans to build them in Africa, Japan and throughout the European Union.

“We need to test for all kinds of different traffic and climate conditions,” Harelle said. “I want to find the limits of it. We think that maybe it will not be able to withstand a snow plow.”

The potential fragility joins cost as a potential hurdle.

“We’re seeing solar get integrated in a number of things, from windows in buildings to rooftops of cars, made possible by the falling cost of panels,” Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst Pietro Radoia said. “On roads, I don’t think that it will really take off unless there’s a shortage of land sometime in the future.”‘

Let's see how much it generates with snow on it. I'm sure those snow plows will give it a good polishing.
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Post by Pete » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:39 am

Snow chains and studded snow tires will make short work of this idea
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Post by evilconempire » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:58 am

Pete wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:39 am
Snow chains and studded snow tires will make short work of this idea
I don't know that's true, but if it is then I'm sure this isn't something they plan to use in areas where those things might be used.
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Post by Pete » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:06 am

evilconempire wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:58 am
Pete wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:39 am
Snow chains and studded snow tires will make short work of this idea
I don't know that's true, but if it is then I'm sure this isn't something they plan to use in areas where those things might be used.
Sand and other road contaminates being ground into the surface will make short work of them
I saw two signs at the gas station; 'Self Service' and 'Help Wanted'. So I went in and hired myself.

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Post by evilconempire » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:09 am

Pete wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:06 am
evilconempire wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:58 am
Pete wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:39 am
Snow chains and studded snow tires will make short work of this idea
I don't know that's true, but if it is then I'm sure this isn't something they plan to use in areas where those things might be used.
Sand and other road contaminates being ground into the surface will make short work of them
Perhaps, but I doubt they haven't thought of that and spec'd materials to deal with it. These tests will tell us if they work or not.
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Post by barrysoetoro » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:11 pm

evilconempire wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:58 am
Pete wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:39 am
Snow chains and studded snow tires will make short work of this idea
I don't know that's true, but if it is then I'm sure this isn't something they plan to use in areas where those things might be used.
My grandparents didn't have the EPA, solar panels, drove gas guzzlers, and HELL THEY MADE IT!!!!!

If the private sector can do it WITHOUT tax payer funds, go for it. Tesla, Solyndra, Abound Solar, GM, forget it.
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Post by barrysoetoro » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:12 pm

evilconempire wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:09 am
Pete wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:06 am
evilconempire wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:58 am
Pete wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:39 am
Snow chains and studded snow tires will make short work of this idea
I don't know that's true, but if it is then I'm sure this isn't something they plan to use in areas where those things might be used.
Sand and other road contaminates being ground into the surface will make short work of them
Perhaps, but I doubt they haven't thought of that and spec'd materials to deal with it. These tests will tell us if they work or not.
:rolling: :rolling: :rolling:
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Post by evilconempire » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:26 pm

barrysoetoro wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:11 pm
evilconempire wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:58 am
Pete wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:39 am
Snow chains and studded snow tires will make short work of this idea
I don't know that's true, but if it is then I'm sure this isn't something they plan to use in areas where those things might be used.
My grandparents didn't have the EPA, solar panels, drove gas guzzlers, and HELL THEY MADE IT!!!!!

If the private sector can do it WITHOUT tax payer funds, go for it. Tesla, Solyndra, Abound Solar, GM, forget it.
That's not a logical argument. We've already cleaned up many of the messes the previous generations left for us.
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