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Offline Slinky

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SLINKY IS A DUMBBUTT
« on: May 24, 2014, 06:58:00 am »
Alright, so, maybe you've all heard of this, but: SOLAR ROADWAYS.

Basically, two scientists have created durable solar panels that can be used to pave roads. And just think about how much pavement there is on the world! Anyway, they need money for their indiegogo campaign and I think this is a really huge deal.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-roadways
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Re: We basically have a source of clean energy until the sun dies.
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2014, 08:52:48 am »
I find it deeply suspicious that none of their donor perks include the panels.  A seven inch non-functioning replica is on the $1000 tier.  That...

That doesn't seem economically viable.

The main hurdle for solar energy is panel price, not durability.  Make solar shingles viable, then we'll talk about upping our Kardashev ranking.
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Re: We basically have a source of clean energy until the sun dies.
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2014, 09:13:05 am »
They need constant servicing to remain at 100% power absorption. It's much more expensive to fix potholes, fissures, or broken panels. The creation of channels under the roads necessitates digging up the entire road, which isn't really feasible on a nationwide level/would be extremely expensive.

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Re: We basically have a source of clean energy until the sun dies.
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2014, 09:27:15 am »
Not to mention places were winter exists. Have run repairing them every year when frost heaves occur.

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Re: We basically have a source of clean energy until the sun dies.
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2014, 09:31:50 am »
Not to mention places were winter exists.

I live in one of those places.

Ovi, let me tell you, it exists so much.
So much.
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Re: We basically have a source of clean energy until the sun dies.
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2014, 09:39:48 am »
I live in Penis.

Our roads are the stuff of legend.

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Re: We basically have a source of clean energy until the sun dies.
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2014, 12:37:13 pm »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVhTDNlbsSc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVhTDNlbsSc</a>
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Re: We basically have a source of clean energy until the sun dies.
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2014, 04:29:47 pm »
Well, I feel silly now.

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Re: We basically have a source of clean energy until the sun dies.
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2014, 06:30:11 am »
Well, it's not like it was your idea. :P
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Re: We basically have a source of clean energy until the sun dies.
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2014, 06:31:52 am »
You're forgetting one important part.

SOLAR
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Re: We basically have a source of clean energy until the sun dies.
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2014, 06:51:22 am »
The irony of this plan is that the closer you travel to denser urban areas, the less useful the solar cells become due to building shadows and traffic.

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Re: We basically have a source of clean energy until the sun dies.
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2014, 07:59:50 am »
Well, still, even if it was done in urban areas it would at least put a dent in fossil fuel consumption, I hope.

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Re: We basically have a source of clean energy until the sun dies.
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2014, 10:30:56 am »
After going back and actually watching their video, I could see this kind of thing being installed in parking lots and maybe a few roads of businesses and cities that are trying really hard to be "green."  But to think that expensive glass bricks are going to become the standard paving material across the country is the kind of wild optimism detached from reality that makes for a great TED talk.
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Re: We basically have a source of clean energy until the sun dies.
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2014, 12:01:06 pm »
Well, it doesn't mean it can't happen, right?

I mean, if this thing can really produce 3x our used energy if fully installed, it would still cut that energy use in half if used on 1/6 of all the pavement. And if we combine that with the rooftops and sides of roads and sides of buildings, you never know, this could be really helpful.

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Re: We basically have a source of clean energy until the sun dies.
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2014, 12:33:34 pm »


I am telling ya its all about highway wind farms. ;)