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    Default Did you hear about the solar freaking roadways?!

    http://www.solarroadways.com/intro.shtml

    In my opinion it's a pretty good start to convert old roads or built new roads with this sort of material. As global warming is more of a threat now than ever, stuff like this could be the only way to slow it down. If electricity is generated on the roads, it wouldn't be hard to make electric powered cars that can be recharged by drving on these roads. Reducing the amount of oil we're wasting on driving.

    What's your opinion about solar freaking roadways?
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    Default Re: Did you hear about the solar freaking roadways?!

    It's a cool idea but given every country's economy status, I don't think it will be affordable.

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    Default Re: Did you hear about the solar freaking roadways?!

    Quote Originally Posted by PinkGalaxies View Post
    It's a cool idea but given every country's economy status, I don't think it will be affordable.
    True, however instead of investing in different 'green energy' projects, this one might be the best given that they will pay for themselves in the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Potatoe View Post
    True, however instead of investing in different 'green energy' projects, this one might be the best given that they will pay for themselves in the end.
    I laughed when they said something like "the economy is in the can, but these things pay for themselves!!" They definitely will not pay for themselves. Also, if they don't require us to use oil and are to get rid of power bills, why would our government want us to have that? The government always ants their hands in something. If these roads ever became a reality I could see taxes sky rocket and there be some kind of fee or bill. No way we would just be able to drive on them willy nilly with nothing to worry about like we do now.

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    Default Re: Did you hear about the solar freaking roadways?!

    The reason they say these will pay for themselves is because they diminish the cost of what it takes to power our countries by completely replacing it with solar panels. If we were to re-do all the roads with these then it really would save us A LOT of money and have a positive effect on the environment.
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    Default Re: Did you hear about the solar freaking roadways?!

    Quote Originally Posted by PinkGalaxies View Post
    I laughed when they said something like "the economy is in the can, but these things pay for themselves!!" They definitely will not pay for themselves. Also, if they don't require us to use oil and are to get rid of power bills, why would our government want us to have that? The government always ants their hands in something. If these roads ever became a reality I could see taxes sky rocket and there be some kind of fee or bill. No way we would just be able to drive on them willy nilly with nothing to worry about like we do now.
    Ofcourse the government wants to ant their hands in, they always do. However, if power bills go down yet taxes go up. And you can drive on the generated power even including some fees for use or whatever. As for right now you pay to drive aswell for gass. In another 20-30 years most've earths available oil will be consumed and if they don't have a decent alternative by then we're pretty much frelled. Even thinking about where global warming is at now, irriversible dammage is already done, there has to be a point in time where even they will have to admit that everything is doomed.

    If something revolutionary such as this doesn't happen anytime in the next 10 years, I'm pretty sure there won't be much humans arround in 2114.
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    Default Re: Did you hear about the solar freaking roadways?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Яequiem View Post
    The reason they say these will pay for themselves is because they diminish the cost of what it takes to power our countries by completely replacing it with solar panels. If we were to re-do all the roads with these then it really would save us A LOT of money and have a positive effect on the environment.
    Quote Originally Posted by Potatoe View Post
    Ofcourse the government wants to ant their hands in, they always do. However, if power bills go down yet taxes go up. And you can drive on the generated power even including some fees for use or whatever. As for right now you pay to drive aswell for gass. In another 20-30 years most've earths available oil will be consumed and if they don't have a decent alternative by then we're pretty much frelled. Even thinking about where global warming is at now, irriversible dammage is already done, there has to be a point in time where even they will have to admit that everything is doomed.

    If something revolutionary such as this doesn't happen anytime in the next 10 years, I'm pretty sure there won't be much humans arround in 2114.
    All I'm saying is the government doesn't like us saving money. There will be some cost we will not like. After all, the government pretty much has decided it's going to take over businesses, and that's something that's never supposed to happen. It's a nice idea, but we will pay for it.

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    Default Re: Did you hear about the solar freaking roadways?!

    I get what you're saying, that's any government really. Look at all the countries that have free health care, it's free but they pay higher taxes. Or countries like Sweden where you can go to University for free, but higher taxes. Free always comes at a cost but honestly sometimes the benefit is worth the cost.

    Also I just learned that there are over 4 million miles of roads in the united states, and solar panels cost $6 per square foot. If each road averages 20 feet wide and has solar panels under it, that's $2,534,400,000,000; two thirds the national budget and that's not accounting for the cost of LED's, heaters, weight sensors, the plastic surface, micro chips that can communicate with each other, or the cost of installation, which would be astronomical in and of itself.
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    Default Re: Did you hear about the solar freaking roadways?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Яequiem View Post
    I get what you're saying, that's any government really. Look at all the countries that have free health care, it's free but they pay higher taxes. Or countries like Sweden where you can go to University for free, but higher taxes. Free always comes at a cost but honestly sometimes the benefit is worth the cost.

    Also I just learned that there are over 4 million miles of roads in the united states, and solar panels cost $6 per square foot. If each road averages 20 feet wide and has solar panels under it, that's $2,534,400,000,000; two thirds the national budget and that's not accounting for the cost of LED's, heaters, weight sensors, the plastic surface, micro chips that can communicate with each other, or the cost of installation, which would be astronomical in and of itself.
    Not to mention the cost of maintenance; cleaning the panels to ensure the operate correctly, replacing parts that wear or break over time ... and of course, the inevitability of ijits stealing them or graffiti-ing all over them.
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    Default Re: Did you hear about the solar freaking roadways?!

    I just read they surpassed their 1 Million dollar goal for funding so this is a go forward all thanks to public funding and donations. I think through public and private funding through big name corporations this can very easily become possible. It'll take some maintenance but from what I've read these things just pop out and are replaced so it shouldn't be any more than replacing a pothole. Once big energy corporations find a way to fund this and make money off it I have a feeling a lot of places will be seeing these. It'll be nice to take a step into the future finally.
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    Default Re: Did you hear about the solar freaking roadways?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Яequiem View Post
    I just read they surpassed their 1 Million dollar goal for funding so this is a go forward all thanks to public funding and donations. I think through public and private funding through big name corporations this can very easily become possible. It'll take some maintenance but from what I've read these things just pop out and are replaced so it shouldn't be any more than replacing a pothole. Once big energy corporations find a way to fund this and make money off it I have a feeling a lot of places will be seeing these. It'll be nice to take a step into the future finally.
    1 Million dollar through public and private funding, that's spectacular.
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