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Solar Roadways

What if roads and parking lots were solar? Could it work I-A-B?

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Solar Roadways. What if roads and parking lots were solar? Could it work I-A-B?
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Male, 30-39, Europe
 1066 Posts
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 3:39:21 AM
"What if roads and parking lots were solar?"

At today's technology, or any in the foreseeable future, it would destroy the environment at great cost for no significant gain.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 10534 Posts
Monday, December 24, 2012 5:56:10 PM
So...Angilion's plan to save the world?

Use renewables as appropriate for local conditions and as a fairly small part of power generation, i.e. not enough for the ureliability and uncontrollability to impose too high a cost on the generation and transmission of electricity.

Put more money into nuclear fusion research and development, because that`s a genuine long-term solution.

I`d suggest putting more money into battery research too, but that`s one area where profit-driven research is actually working quite well.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 10534 Posts
Monday, December 24, 2012 5:50:04 PM
Or how about solar in the USA? Take a quick look at surface area and insolation and national electricity usage and...holy crap! You could power the whole of the USA from a quarter of the Mojave desert! It must be <insert conspiracy babble here> stopping it!

Well, no. It's people who are willing to do what AntEconomist rightly state is almost always not done - consider the energy and environmental costs and be honest about them when evaluating a proposal.

You could do it, but you`d have to destroy entire ecosystems, borrow far more money than any countries would lend you, spend years building the infrastructure and still have to keep most of your existing power stations running to maintain constant reliable supply on demand.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 10534 Posts
Monday, December 24, 2012 5:41:33 PM
Oh, and the solar road thing?

It's ludicrous babble. It`s the sort of thing that gives the whole idea of "renewables" a bad reputation. It`s impossible with existing technology and might never be possible. It would require huge amounts of resources to implement at vast cost. It would require huge resources to maintain it at vast cost. It`s something that a young child might come up with - imaginative but implausible and unsubstantiated.

If you want wishful thinking with a bit more behind it, the magic word right now is "graphene". If anyone comes up with a way of making it cheaply, all sorts of things could follow.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 10534 Posts
Monday, December 24, 2012 5:30:38 PM
Solar would be superb in some parts of the world, although for at least the near future it should be CSP rather than PV. It would be far more efficient to have solar power stations in Africa and transmit the electricity to the UK than to have solar power stations in the UK.

Wave and tidal power could be superb in the UK.

Geothermal is superb in Iceland.

Geography matters when it comes to "renewables".

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