The Roads of the Future
Close your eyes and picture a roadway, or any pavement, for a minute a retro camera w9283 coque iphone 6 iphone 6s 1coques6siphone185 highway, a sidewalk, your driveway, a parking lot. What is it doing It sitting there eroding. Meanwhile, cars, bikes, people, and animals are walking and driving on top of this hawkeye ohio state buckeyes logo z4058 iphone 11 coque goldufoa12443 cartoon marvel z0918 iphone 7 iphone 8 coque goldufoa8667 pavement constantly. They provide a way of easy transportation from place to place and that about it.
Now, I want you to think about all the troubles that pavement causes you or the hand with henna coque samsung s10 antens102029947 construction workers that have to deal with it. The pavement cracks, it gets potholes, snow falls on it and needs to be shoveled or plowed off, lines need to be painted on, it needs to be resurfaced which causes long tiring seasons of construction that only lead to traffic jams and other difficulties.
What if I told you that you would potentially never have to shovel or plow snow off that pavement again Or, that you would never have to drive over another pothole Or, that your energy bill could be drastically cheaper Do I have your attention yet This could all be true with one proposed solution solar freakin roadways.
What are solar heavy books for a heavy heart coque samsung s10 sushicube3970 freakin roadways Well they roadways made out of silk coque iphone 6 grey coqueiphone131199 solar panels. The video above explains everything there is to know about them. They were invented by Scott and Julie Brusaw, and involve many hexagonal panels that interlock with each other to best budget coque iphone 6 10 coque7iphone18203 form a roadway! Underneath these panels are a complex array of electronics that perform a number of jobs. These panels can store audrey kawasaki coque iphone 6 coque7iphone21910 off solar energy, control a number mario mushroom coque iphone 6 coque7iphone17489 of LED light configurations on top of the panels, or even power heated pads on top of the panel that will melt ice or snow away.
Do solar roadways sound too good to be true Will solar roadways actually be the roads of the disney beauty the beast art housse de coussin future The answer is probably not. Why Well let look at where we at today. In November of 2014, the Netherlands laid out the first solar roadway for public use. The roadway (which is a bike path) measures approximately 230 feet long, and produces los angeles coque iphone 6 coque7iphone14556 enough power for 3 homes. Okay, so it certainly not the most efficient thing in the world considering that the project will cost dodge ram logo z4657 iphone x xs coque goldufoa6335 $3.7 million in USD by the time the remaining 100 feet get completed by 2016.
Let do a quick calculation. 330 feet of kate spade saturday coque iphone 6 coqueiphone144913 solar roadway costs about $3.7 million. Currently, the National Highway attack on titan simple insignia iphone x xs coque goldufoa2435 System includes over 164,000 miles of highways in the US. 164,000 miles x 5,280 ft per mile = 865,920,000 ft of highway. Yes, that $9.7 trillion. $9.7 trillion just for the amount of green bay packers logo z5254 iphone xs max coque goldufoa8001 highways in the US. This doesn include any of the millions of miles of other roads. Also, that not taking sea shepherd coque iphone 6 coqueiphone141234 into account the width of the highway which multiplies the cost significantly due to area.
Additionally, it doesn help that the solar roadway produces about alfa coque samsung s10 antens102022263 30% less energy than a traditional set of solar panels placed on a roof. This is because the roadway is mostly flat, and can be angled to follow the sun throughout the day. The roadway is slightly angled towards the sun to help pick up more rays, and also to help rain wash off dirt and other things on the road, but still doesn perform nearly as well as your traditional rooftop solar panels.
So, are solar roadways practical today It pretty obvious they aren With the amount of cost night sky watercolor coque samsung s10 antens102021582 involved and the poor efficiency, it just makes sense to have solar panels on roofs or other places for now. However, this all goes without saying that the concept is out there. It has been proven that it can be built and implemented, and that a start. All innovative ideas tech21 coque iphone 6 works on 6s coqueiphone134881 have to begin somewhere. The Wright high quality steel coque iphone 6 coqueiphone140556 Brothers probably never imagined that a jumbo jet that can carry hundreds of people across an ocean would ever come from their original concepts, but it did. As far as solar roadways go, there may be breakthroughs in getting the cost down of building them, and perhaps better ways to get more efficiency out of them. Only time will tell. Until then, your pavement is going to look and be built the severus snape harry potter z2823 iphone 6 6s coque goldufoa14333 same that it has for years now.
Jake PfohlJake is the founder of Crambler. He is a fully remote software engineer by day and a guitar wielding musician by night with a burning passion for technology, entrepreneurship, and music…