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Solar Roadways Update

Solar Roadways Named A Finalists Of 2010 EE Times Ace Award

On January 30th Forced Green posted an article called “Riding The Solar Roadway To A Green Future“,

ACE09-01… well since then Solar Roadways, the little innovators that could from Sagle, Idaho has been named a finalist for the “Most Promising Renewable Energy Award” by the prestigious 2010 EE Times ACE Awards. AND they have completed the first prototype Solar Road Panel with funding from a U.S. Department of Transportation Phase I SBIR contract. Phase II involves a commercialization plan to begin the manufacturing process.

Solar Roadways is a company with a single purpose: to replace our nation’s deteriorating highway infrastructure and crumbling power grid with an intelligent highway system that pays for itself through the generation of electricity and doubles as an intelligent, self-healing, decentralized power grid. The Solar Roadway is made of structurally engineered solar panels that are driven upon. These Solar Road Panels contain LEDs for painting the road lines from beneath the surface, a heating element to prevent snow/ice accumulation in northern climates, and a microprocessor board for control and communications.

For roughly the same cost of the current systems (asphalt roads and fossil fuel burning electricity generation plants), the Solar Roadways can be implemented. No more Global Warming. No more power outages (roaming or otherwise). Safer driving conditions. Far less pollution. A new secure highway infrastructure that pays for itself. A decentralized, self-healing, secure power grid. No more dependency on foreign oil.

Elimination of the fossil fuel plants will take away about half of the CO2 emissions that are known to be contributing to the climate crisis. Providing a means to recharge all-electric cars anywhere along the roadside will open the door for the elimination of the internal combustion engines, which account for most of the other half of the CO2 emissions. With internal combustion engines now obsolete, our dependency on oil – foreign or domestic – will finally be over with.

Light-TestThe EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards celebrates the creators of technology who demonstrate leadership and innovation in the global industry and shape the world we live in. Awards are presented in 11 categories and are judged by the editors and a blue-ribbon panel of industry experts, comprised of the leading voices of academia, industry and Wall Street executives.

“The 2010 finalists represent the execution of forward-thinking technologies and creativity that captures the imagination of consumers, illustrating the influence that electronics and embedded design professionals have on today’s culture” said Junko Yoshida, editor in chief, EE Times.”

Winners will be announced at the EE Times ACE Awards Event on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, in Fairmont, San Jose, California.

2010 is turning out to be a most exciting year ….
…. as the green future unfolds!

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12 Responses to “Solar Roadways Update”

  1. jason Says:

    I just hope thats not too good to be true. Hopefully they don’t get caught up in labor contracts and zoning fights which is what usually deters innovation in road concentration. It would be worth a toll though.

    PS You rock Linda

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Jason …. From what I have researched, it is good and true. We have got to have faith in some things – some times. But not blind faith in any thing nor all things man develops. Many times I have found (what I thought was) profound inventions or innovations only to find after hours of research, “that dog don’t hunt”. Not everyone has the opportunity to engage in the research – that’s why you have Forced Green.

    As far as labor contracts and zoning fights – I would think that the purchase of the panels should be the same way (federal or state) D.O.T.s purchase asphalt or any other roadway material. Same for labor, for ‘small’ jobs – use D.O.T. workers, larger jobs would bid out to contractors. For zoning – if they already have some sort of ‘road’ , then no worry with violating zoning ordinates. As far as tolls….. shhhhhh! 😀

  3. jason Says:

    Tolls are the best way to get around the governmentprotection of petroleum cartels by using Dep. Transportation gas taxes. Just a thought.

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Jason … I will send you my toll bill every month! 😀

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  6. Brad Says:

    Congratulations to Solar Roadways! Sounds pretty cool!

  7. Linda Says:

    Hi Brad … All we have to do is wait and see if they have won!

    Hi Barbara … It would be fantastic if they started in my part of the world first! LOL!

    Hi Lissof …. LOL! Yes, my money is going to where it is affordable!

  8. Barbara Says:

    This is terrific news! I hope it catches on quickly! It would sure be a giant step in the right direction! 🙂

  9. Lissof Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for the lead, now I will have to research the other potential awardees, to ensure that I put my money on the “Dog That Hunts”

    From the Ace Awards website the award is:

    There are plenty of ideas out there and venture capital chasing new ideas. This award will go to the company that is closest to deploying renewable energy sources that offer the quickest return on investment and lower carbon footprint”

    I wish they would have listed the technology each of the companies were being recognized for.

    Not if I may misquote one of my favorite authors,,,,,

    “For whom the Bill Tolls”

    Linda, You know they are going after your money, by any means possible.

  10. Forced Green Is Now 2 | Says:

    […] Solar Roadways has completed the prototype for the U.S. Dept. of Transportation and a finalist for the 2010 ACE Award. […]

  11. Elbert Gdula Says:

    It is simple to see that you are serious about your writing. Look forward to all your future posts turn out as well.Thanks!

  12. Linda Says:

    Hi Elbert …. Thank you very much as that was very sweet of you.

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