Building A Better Electric Grid
by Robert Grothe, editor/webmanager NW Solar Group Tacoma
Scott & Julie Brusaw, inventor/owner of Solar Roadways has a great way to power all of America's dreams, covering existing roadways, parking lots, and driveways with solar modules! A new environmentally safe way to provide electricity from sunlight, snow/ice removal with no harsh chemicals, sand or equipment, dynamic updates to parking lot signage, and traffic safety signs customized to each moving vehicle all using one clean modular designed solar roadway package. The great thing that makes this a unique roadway material is it pays for itself in only a few short years and starts generating dividends for it's investors from the surplus electrical energy it produces. The electricity can be stored or grid-tied back into the existing local electrical grids and microgrid using this clean renewable energy source right in the communities it is generated saving energy costs and distribution loses.
These can be used on the roadways between communities to power all the electrical vehicles traveling over it through induction charging and rest stop charging stations. Unlimited mileage electric cars come to mind, but with this much surplus electrical power available why stop there? When electric pick-ups, suv's, motor bikes, small trucks, semi-trucks, buses, motorhomes & rv's, moving vans, freight haulers, even electric trains come to mind. All powered by Solar Roadways! Enough to build a new national electric utility smart grid and super electric freeway to supplement our existing ones. (and yes even power Elon Musk's idea of a Hyperloop maglev speed train that travels faster with more space and comfort than most jet planes)
GE Electric - Focus Forward video, Solar Roadways (April 2013)
Google - Solve for X video, Solar Roadways (May 2013)
2013 Video Update - Scott & Julie have been working hard over the last two years to build a new patented and tested prism textured glass that is stronger than steel, clear enough to allow light to fall on the solar cells under it's hexagon surface and LED lights to shine for road markings and safety signage and give traction for vehicle tires that's better than asphalt even when wet. Scott has also added a heating component to the module for ice/snow removal that works better than expected. Two roadside vaults, one to carry the electric power and monitoring cables, the EV charging strips, and another that moves runoff water anywhere that's needed. Scott has literally been contacted by over half the countries of the world for various roadway projects they have in mind, all wanting to use his product(s). Scott in this video explains how all this works together for a better, cleaner, more environmentally friendly and safer national roadway, run-off water management, and electric grid/EV charging integrated system.
Solar Parking Lot demonstration completed using the hexigon glass you see above.
Here's a more detailed article...
Solar Roadways is real (new-Apr/May/June 2014)
video has gone viral 15.8mil views and climbing
crowdsourcing $1,000,000 fundraiser! (twice now)
(as of today they have raised $2mil, campaign extended)
The funds raised will be used to hire engineers and professionals
to work on streamlining the process and get the solar panels ready
for production. The campaign ends on June 20th.
Solar Roadways, First Fully Functional Solar Driveway
by Robert Grothe, editor/webmanager NWSolarGroup Tacoma WA
Announcing First Solar Parking Lot you can drive on with a car. This is a fully functional solar driveway that can easily be expanded into a solar parking lot or solar street. Yes you can drive on these with your car or truck. Scott & Julie Brusaw have completed their first solar parking lot/driveway built demo at their laboratory and will be testing it's endurance and programming over the next couple of months in preparation for startup funding for manufacturing and licensing production rights later this year. It's here folks. (new video and news feeds coming soon. Scott has tons of interviews coming out!) The long awaited fully functional Solar Roadway modules made from glass you can drive on are now a reality.
To see what all the hype is about check out the Solar Roadway article Building a better electric grid written last fall. This is truly AWESOME!
Sandpoint Idaho, announced they are putting in the first solar street in their city as soon as funding becomes available. Hopefully by this fall. Scot & Julie Brusaw couldn't be more proud. Read full article...
Want to see what these look like up close?
Patented textured prism hexagon shatter proof glass on top.
Solar cells in blue squares for now, custom hexagon shape later to fill panel.
Full primary colors programmable LED's embeded under the glass for smart safe signage.
Snow/ice removal programmable heater coils based on outside weather conditions.
Smart programmable solar modules for signaling, monitoring, communication, and sensors.
This is only the beginning of design capabilities!
Video/pictures (gone viral 15.8m views-Apr/May/June 2014)
crowdsourcing $1,000,000 fundraiser! (twice now)
(as of today they have raied $2mil, campaign extended)
The funds raised will be used to hire engineers and professionals to work on streamlining the process
and get the solar panels ready for production. The campaign will go til June 20th.
by BBC News Technology | 4 October 2013
Created by American scientists, the components exploit properties of carefully engineered silicon slices to hold and quickly deliver a charge.
Renewable energy sources could also benefit from the work on the cheaper super-capacitors.
The silicon components should be easy to add to existing chip-production systems, said the researchers.
Super-capacitors built from carbon are already used as energy storage systems in electric vehicles and in wind turbines to ensure blades turn smoothly, but their bulk and cost have limited them to these niche applications.
Scientists in the engineering department at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee tested different materials to see if they could be used to reduce the cost and size of these super-capacitors.
Silicon became a good candidate when the Vanderbilt team found a way to apply a coat of graphene that was only a few nanometres thick. This coating was needed to stop the silicon reacting with the chemicals that provide the ions used to store an electrical charge.
The team, headed by engineering professor Cary Pint, used porous silicon in their research because the method of etching billions of tiny pits on to the material is well established. All those nano-scale features give the material a huge surface area relative to its size and help it store a significant electrical charge.
Writing in a paper in the journal Nature, the scientists explained how the coating bestowed on the silicon properties similar to those seen in commercial super-capacitors. It allows them to dispense their stored power quickly and last much longer than current re-chargeable batteries.
The team is now looking into ways to integrate the coated silicon into existing manufacturing processes so the super-capacitors can be more widely used in gadgets such as phones.
One of the first applications of the work could be as a storage system for solar power plants. Super-capacitors on the rear of solar cells could store power as it is collected and then dispense it during the night when demand grows.
"All the things that define us in a modern environment require electricity," said Prof Pint. "The more that we can integrate power storage into existing materials and devices, the more compact and efficient they will become."