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Oh good, someone already did my job for me and brought up Thunderf00t.
For the lazy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H901KdXgHs4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3ftXinT4jI

TL:DR it is the less practical way to use solar panels and people were duped into funding it on Kickstarter because they didn't understand this. Put your solar panels elsewhere. Ideally where they can adjust themselves to best capture sunlight and a place where no one will drive heavy vehicles over them all day.
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Well, more importantly is parking heavy vehicles on them. 80,000 pounds is 80,000 pounds, you know, and it really only gets worse the slower they move.
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Posted 10/4/16 , edited 10/4/16
Personally i don't see why parkinglot solar lean-to's aren't more of a thing, other than cost.


Let alone an entire town, A wal-mart parkinglot has a ton of surface area.
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Don't know why so many people hate the project. Even if it doesn't work out it doesn't mean something else that actually is useful won't come from it.
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I don't hate the project. All of our transit pathways should, to some degree, be harvested for power production in order to modify our environmental factors.

I just don't think that it will prove effective, nor durable enough for consistent, heavy use over a normal roadway life cycle.
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People hate it because it's a stupid idea that seems to exist only to gather the "uninformed dollar" and VC funding. Which is quite similar oddly.

Thunderfoots video's above are pretty solid so these guys can be ignored for a bit longer until it gets to the point of government funding, then it's time to contact politicians and talk about votes.
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What, this solar road thing again???
... who, why... what??
Fire them!
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Posted 10/4/16
this is still a thing?


IT WONT WORK
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Posted 10/4/16 , edited 10/4/16
When it comes up for funding, the kinds of calculations that Thunderfoot made will also be made, but in much finer detail. Also there will be health studies, as issues come up, such as "inhalation of glass dust" issues. Environmental impact studies will have to be done. On and on. It will have too many hurdles to go through to ever succeed.

I was thinking that if Idaho really wanted to do a serious study of the technology, they would have paved a whole parking lot with the tiles to see what would happen, and not just that little patch the kids were playing on.

Speaking of kids playing on the tiles, I wonder what's on the live webcam?

http://www.sandpointidaho.gov/visiting-sandpoint/solar-roadways?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000618#ad-image-7


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I just took a look. It's daylight and even looking almost down on the tiles, I can barely make out the LEDs flashing through the reflected sky, and it seems to be an overcast day over there. How much harder to see the LEDs on a sunny day? Speaking of sunny days, imagine having the afternoon sun reflected off the road and into your face? The sun visor won't be of any use, then.... The glare would probably make it hard to see traffic up ahead, too.
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What's wrong with mounting a bunch of monocrystalline panels about 20 panels parallel by 15 panels series at 250 watts each ? Give or take on your actual readings, you can manage a few things if you have like a dozen or so.

K I get it, we don't have the space. Oh ok, and I guess when people are boiling from the insane spike in temperature from the source, you know, cause more forest fires.

What will this accomplish? What is the reason for doing this? Why? Seriously we pay for our electricity so what will this actually do? Panels getting Covered by tar and rubber being melted off tires blocking out the sun, roads being blocked off for maintenance slowing down traffic while more vehicles pile up with the heat melting more rubber.

Honestly what is the actual point making roads like this? Like this just really ticks me off. If they can find a way, please by all means go for it, maybe we will get lower hydro costs eh? Wink wink nudge nudge

Oh my....
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Posted 10/4/16 , edited 10/4/16
You'd have to reconstruct so much infrastructure, the whole system becomes very convoluted in the grand scheme of things.
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The webcam shows some skate boarders looking at it. I'm waiting for the graffiti taggers to come next.... LOL

Speaking of skateboarders... With all of them bumps in the glass surface for traction, where would they skateboard anymore?
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Posted 10/4/16

DeadlyOats wrote:

The webcam shows some skate boarders looking at it. I'm waiting for the graffiti taggers to come next.... LOL

Speaking of skateboarders... With all of them bumps in the glass surface for traction, where would they skateboard anymore?


My god you're right!

DOWN WITH SOLAR ROADS!
DOWN WITH THE BOARDWALK SKATEBOARD BAN!
DOWN WITH TYRANNY!

One day I'll ride my baby on the boardwalk.

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