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For roadway power

I did a report for a class on this a while back
I'll have to dig up the calculations but irrc, if only 10% of all US roadways used these we could power most of the U.S.
Don't quote me on that. I need my data. lol
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Originally Posted by Deagle50ae;15308121 
For roadway power

I did a report for a class on this a while back
I'll have to dig up the calculations but irrc, if only 10% of all US roadways used these we could power most of the U.S.
Don't quote me on that. I need my data. lol
Too bad the cost of doing so would likely be in the trillions of dollars. Not to mention, you'd still need non-solar power sources for night-time (their dream of the west powering the east is bunk - you can't transport electricity that far without heavy losses, not to mention, in early morning or late evening, the angle of the sun is so terrible that hardly any electricity is generated anyway).

The target cost for one panel is $10,000. It is 12ft x 12ft. It would take 880 of these panels to cover 1 mile of 2-lane (one each way) road. That's $8.8M for one mile of road, and only if they reach their rather optimistic target cost! You'd reach $1T after paving just 113,636 miles of road. And there's 55 million miles of road in the US now.

And I seriously doubt that one of those panels could hold up to 20 years of abuse (including heavy semis, gravel scratches, people driving over them with studded tires or chains, etc). Heck, it'd probably only take a few weeks before the capacity to generate electricity is heavily diminished just from scratching of the surface.
post #33 of 84
Awesome. Tiles that go down when you step on them.
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There are all sorts of places where random kinetic energy can be harvested, just look at the watch which charges from your arm movements. But, and this is the important part, the energy has to come from somewhere.

Therefore this tech is only useful in a situation where the energy would otherwise be lost. That is why it is not a good idea at all to put these things on roads, as your kinetic energy is rather useful there. The only possible place to put them would be on a downgrade where people coast or brake, and even then it is not a great idea.

As I, and SgtSpike, mentioned before this is going to make walking slightly harder. Big deal, a lot of people could use the extra excercise and a lot of our kinetic energy from footfalls is absorbed by cussioning in our shoes anyway. Not all of it though, some is stored both there and in our feet / legs to be used to push off with the next step. If we can keep that energy and use the rest then we are laughing.

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post #35 of 84
fail. how much energy does it take to produce one of these bricks vs how much energy will it produce in its lifetime?
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Absolutely genius.
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post #38 of 84
That's a really great idea, actually. In a busy city scenario like NYC/chicago you could probably generate a good amount of juice by having a bunch of these.

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Too bad the government doesn't want "cheap energy". They want something they can tax and control. Also, if you make a highway out of this, it will create a lot of electricity one day and can create very little the next due to traffic that day. Yes, it is an EXTREMELY FANTASTIC idea! But, the government probably wants nothing to do with it on the larger scale uses.

doh.gif you realize the government has to SPEND money to generate electricity on the property that it owns, right? If this were implemented it could reduce the need for other energy sources to power certain areas of a city, etc, and the state government would have to spend less powering state property. If we were talking about, say, powering private property? yes, then the government wouldn't have anything to gain by allowing people to save energy this way, but that isn't the goal of this. this energy would likely all be deferred to public/state property like street lights.
    
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Could they do this with roads? There has to be some kind of energy/heat there going to waste.
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Very cool, I could see this being perfect a perfect addition in NYC.
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