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World energy crisis solved?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Adam Howard, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    World energy crisis solved?

    Would make 3x more power than all of America's currently usage.... Enough power to almost power the whole world, just doing this America.

    Imagine this in every country (y)

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  2. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

  3. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    How do I copy that video link? My members would like to see it.
  4. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

  5. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    And it would seem congress has noticed this as well :D

    Could they actually do something good for a change?! :eek:(y)
  6. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    It would require an effort on scale with the Emergency Relief and Construction Act prior to WWII and the building of the Alaska Highway during WWII. Unfortunately with the US political system so fractured in our times another effort of that scope won't happen in our lifetime. Even if both parties could come to an agreement to go ahead with it, it'd be years in overruns & billions in expenses as every local Senator (and Congressman, State Reps, Mayors, Councilman, etc.) would fight to get a bigger piece of the pie to spend in their region. Each party would blame each other for the fiasco and at the end the finished product would just be a portion of what the goal was.
  7. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    I like the way of thinking, it does sound too good to be possible though, not to mention costs. But to me these kind of ideas show that more privatization is required to be able to make any progress.
  8. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    What happens if you get a traffic jam :eek:
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  9. AdamD

    AdamD Well-Known Member

    Sounds interesting, to expand on the idea, imagine adding inductive charging points all along the road, too, so electric cars would be charged as they're passing over the tiles.
    Although, free electricity? Psh, you'd probably be charged for every tile you pass over.
  10. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    I see (imagine) a lot of the coal and nuclear lobbyist in the future fighting against this idea. This would make them a thing of the past if the government / people (who owns the roads) had control over their own energy.
  11. Jane-SU

    Jane-SU New Member

    Impressive. One question though. How would this work during a snow storm and with snow removal?
  12. AdamD

    AdamD Well-Known Member

    By building them in the lower states only, I'd imagine
    I have no idea what the climate is like in the southern states, does it snow in the south of the USA? hehe
    But even so, you could put solar panels all along the sides of the roads, to make up for not covering the roads in the north
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  13. FredC

    FredC Well-Known Member

    Ib be willing to bet they produce enough heat to a least aid the plow trucks. Only guessing of course, But i bet it would actually take a heavier snow fall then normal to coat the new digital roads.

    You do bring up a good point though.. Living in Michigan i can tell you the plow trucks are devastating to the regular pavement.
  14. Jane-SU

    Jane-SU New Member

    When I think of glass. I think how easy it is to scratch it. I know they can make it shatter proof. But a large plow would scratch it to death.
  15. AdamD

    AdamD Well-Known Member

    I suppose they could always put tiny heating elements in the glass, so when snow has fallen, a remote command switches on the heating element, just enough to melt it
    I don't know what the ramafications of that would be regarding all the snow melting, but it's always an option.
    If they were thinking of putting these roads everywhere, then the power generated in non snow hit areas, could power the heating elements in areas which are under snow.
  16. EQnoble

    EQnoble Well-Known Member

    since they are already electric....they could have heat elements in them to melt snow on contact and by using a constant grading of the road, control where the flow goes until it eventually runs off into a drain or freeze off the road....you might be able to eliminate plows on a lot of roads...

    Well the glass wont break like ordinary glass... palladium based glass reacts like a plastic under load :)

    <sniped on the heat>
  17. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    you know that moment when your joke just goes .... wooooooooooosh.... over someones head :D
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  18. EQnoble

    EQnoble Well-Known Member

    no I don't....I couldn't hear....there was this amazing whooshing sound of something I could not see flying over my....


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  19. David_

    David_ Active Member

    Hopefully they wouldn't use the steel blades they use now. A nice rubber blade would work better.

    Have the solved the problems for traction, and icy/wet roads, etc etc.
  20. dangonay

    dangonay Active Member

    Don't want to rain on his parade, but I don't think he's really thought this through.

    I think a highway of solar cells would be useless. How would you get the power from the highway into the local grid? There's a reason power is transmitted from the plant to the city over high tension lines - it's more efficient. It would be impractical to simply have wiring embedded into the roads taking the power from each section of solar cells and passing it along.

    Think of how solar farms work. You have a lot of solar panels in a small area. Panels are grouped together to increase voltage and current. These groups of panels would send the power to a central hub where it would be converted into high voltage AC to be transmitted to where it's needed (say a nearby factory or city).

    Now imagine taking that solar farm and turning it into one long solar cell array (a highway). Now instead of having a cluster of solar panels with short, low loss efficient wiring to the central hub you now have those panels stretched over several miles. That is a very in-efficient way to connect solar cells and transmit power.

    Now solar roads in your own neighborhood would make more sense. If your local street was a solar street then you could get power from the road to your house and the distance the power has to travel would be very short. The problem, though, is that a street of solar cells probably couldn't generate the power the houses along it would consume. But it could reduce the amount of electricity the houses take from the grid.

    Then again, why a solar street when I could simply have a solar roof? A roof collects far more sunlight since it's at a better angle in relation to the sun. Streets, being flat, are already at a disadvantage in terms of how much sunlight they get. Why spend money on expensive solar cells, and then not even bother to have them aimed at the sun to get maximum exposure?

    I'm rambling a bit, but I just see so many problems with his idea.

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