06 Oct '11, 6pm

Solar Roadways Set to Build First Solar Parking Lot:

I have a lot of faith in Steven Chu, so I assume the govt. has an intelligent reason for betting on this technology (not sure about GE). However, I don't think that it will be implemented in the way it is being marketed by Solar Roadways. As others have said; building overhead solar structures for parking lots or even major roads seems to make a great deal more sense in terms of cost, practicality and functionality, even if it lacks the glitz and glitter of embedded LEDs. So much energy is wasted cooling off a hot car that's been sitting in direct sunlight--the efficiency gained by a little shade is an easy sell even without the pricey PV panels on top. Also, if you're going through the trouble of replacing a roadway with these things, wouldn't it be logical to include a piezoelectric element to recapture some kinetic energy, especially in high traffic zones? Finally, yes,...

Full article: http://www.ecogeek.org/solar-power/3580

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