Solar Roadways: The Prototype


***Solar Roadways is currently a top contender for the 0M GE Ecomagination contest. Please vote for them at www.solarroadways.com , and help turn this prototype into reality!*** The Solar Roadways project is working to pave roads with solar panels that you can drive on. Co-founder Scott Brusaw has made some major steps forward since our first visit back in 2007, so we visited him again earlier this year for an exclusive update on the project, including the first ever video recorded of the Solar Roadways prototype! For more information visit www.solarroadways.com . This Solar Roadway project will be featured in the upcoming feature film by YERT – Your Environmental Road Trip. To learn more about YERT, visit http . And you can become a fan of YERT on Facebook here: www.facebook.com

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  1. #1 by BirdGolden at September 17th, 2010

    Another waste of human energy. You don’t even need an external energy source to power a car. Never heard about zero-point energy, tesla physics, free energy technologies? They all work and the false energy paradigm propagandized by governments/medias/education system is intended to keep people dependant upon the centralized energy grid. Unfortunately the environmental movement has falled for this scam. We don’t need anymore solar panels, fossil/nuclear fuels, windmills, coal, etc.

  2. #2 by YERTians at September 17th, 2010

    @BirdGolden Tell me where to find a prototype that could scale nationally (internationally?) and I’ll do my best to find a way to film it and make a video about it! I think that we have not “fallen” for this “scam.” It is a visionary project that tackles a broad array of issues by turning our current understanding on its head. We would never recommend full scale deployment unless we can work out all the issues. Where are the large “free energy” technology prototypes out there?

  3. #3 by BirdGolden at September 17th, 2010

    @YERTians
    My friend, there are already PLENTY of information and videos about free energy technologies on the internet. Just google these terms and begin your exploration of it. These technologies exist for many decades but are suppressed by those in power (not the elected officials, but the REAL hidden power). There are plenty of prototypes, they don’t need to be large, but you will NEVER see them in the news or mainstream medias. Many people are aware of this truth now.

  4. #4 by YERTians at September 17th, 2010

    @BirdGolden Thanks for the quick reply. I’ll take a look and ask a few trusted friends and scientists for additional information. If you know somebody who I could interview in the Pittsburgh, PA area, I’d love an introduction. 😉

  5. #5 by theoneArmandMartinez at September 17th, 2010

    @ixat00 – if you like to call it that way, yes – the spread small and pointer finger, there are variations of the sign, you´ll find it easy on the net.

  6. #6 by theoneArmandMartinez at September 17th, 2010

    @YERTians – it just caught my attention, it might be out of ignorance or trying to be
    “cool” without any idea what the sign means, which is a poor testimony if one parrots it to look smart, and many people use the sign without thinking about it, they picked it up somewhere else. Some relate it to dark forces, satan etc. and gain power in using it, but have no real idea about it.So this guy probably had no idea and used it innocently..

  7. #7 by nooblarg at September 17th, 2010

    @YERTians also, I assume the heating elements would melt the snow and make the roadways extremely slick, being such a smooth surface and all

  8. #8 by keen125 at September 18th, 2010

    @YERTians Precisely right.

  9. #9 by svtcontour at September 18th, 2010

    I think its a neat idea but I”m not sure how it would be to drive on a surface like this. Glass is so hard and smooth and this can be a bad combination if oil or water gets on the surface.

  10. #10 by GraveDiggerIII at September 19th, 2010

    too bad the government gets bribed from oil companies to keep renewable energy to a minimum.

  11. #11 by spangleJ at September 19th, 2010

    Amazing. Thanks for posting.

  12. #12 by spangleJ at September 19th, 2010

    @svtcontour watch the video.

  13. #13 by svtcontour at September 19th, 2010

    @spangleJ I have but it doesnt address the concern regardling glass being a smooth and low friction material. There is only talk about the roadways durability and its underlay beneath it. Can you tell me at what duration in the video its discussed so i can go back and check it out.

  14. #14 by spangleJ at September 19th, 2010

    @svtcontour Apolos for the terse reply. Around minute 1 they say that they are addressing specific friction / traction issues. Best wishes

  15. #15 by svtcontour at September 19th, 2010

    @spangleJ No worries and yes I guess they did say that. I think I forgot that part. Well, I cant imagine how they will address that but we’ll have to wait and see the prototype that does address traction / friction.

  16. #16 by freim93 at September 19th, 2010

    Thanks so much for linking to this, Roger Ebert!!

  17. #17 by treasureinvessel at September 20th, 2010

    Harvesting heat in the summer is much more effective. The roads remain as they are except the tubes in it . Keep it simple , keep it cheap , make it work fast without turning the world upside down.

  18. #18 by ergowill at September 20th, 2010

    Oh, god. Not another “free energy” loony.

  19. #19 by camerainsideout at September 20th, 2010

    @YERTians this is a great concept. Looking at your video, two ideas leap to mind… 1) would it be feasible to devise a system whereby electric vehicles are charged BY THE ROAD while driving on it? Say, in a carpool lane on the freeway? Buses discharge static electricity with a simple strap coming into contact with the ground. Perhaps there is a safe way to do the opposite? And 2) In high traffic areas is it feasible to harness any static electricity generated by the cars themselves?

  20. #20 by camerainsideout at September 20th, 2010

    @YERTians this is a great concept. Looking at your video, two ideas leap to mind… 1) would it be feasible to devise a system whereby electric vehicles are charged BY THE ROAD while driving on it? Say, in a carpool lane on the freeway? Buses discharge static electricity with a simple strap coming into contact with the ground. Perhaps there is a safe way to do the opposite? And 2) In high traffic areas is it feasible to harness any static electricity generated by the cars themselves?

  21. #21 by mikesenc at September 21st, 2010

    OK, great idea, but what do you do when it rains or snows and you have to slam on the brakes. Water on galss? We all know how many “hips’ are broken on ‘wet, waxed floors’ so how many accidents are we going to have on WET. GLASS roads? If that problem can be solved then I see a GREAT future for glass roads.

  22. #22 by menodimi1 at September 22nd, 2010

    Look up FITSOLAR in Toronto. They provide you with everything you need to take advantage of Ontarios Micro Fit ( Feed In Tariff) program that pays you for the energy you provide to the electrical grid. If you live in Oantario take advantage!

  23. #23 by apoplepticskeptic at September 23rd, 2010

    @BirdGolden Free energy is impossible according to the laws of thermodynamics. If it were proven possible, it would turn our modern understanding of the universe upside down. Free energy devices that aren’t outright scams are eventually shown to have some unaccounted for energy input (thus making them regular ol’ non-free energy).

  24. #24 by TheBlaspheemer at September 23rd, 2010

    Insane, try running a few snow plows across the surface once. I bought a pair of 200 dollar sunglasses made of real glass(scratch resistant), guess what I got a scratch on the lens, yes it is the latest greatest glass tech…A great scam tho. I hope you can make it happen, but I would think time would be better spent on roofs and sidewalks, cross walks…crazy man. If the government is funding you for this program somebody needs to be fired. Sorry, but really?

  25. #25 by linkdude64 at September 23rd, 2010

    But what would happen should a crash occur and the road broke in a spot? Internet disconnection? Telephone disconnection? Ice expansion? Melting water?

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