Best of the Week
Most Popular
1. US Housing Market House Prices Bull Market Trend Current State - Nadeem_Walayat
2.Gold and Silver End of Week Technical, CoT and Fundamental Status - Gary_Tanashian
3.Stock Market Dow Trend Forecast - April Update - Nadeem_Walayat
4.When Will the Stock Market’s Rally Stop? - Troy_Bombardia
5.Russia and China Intend to Drain the West of Its Gold - MoneyMetals
6.BAIDU (BIDU) - Top 10 Artificial Intelligence Stocks Investing To Profit from AI Mega-trend - Nadeem_Walayat
7.Stop Feeding the Chinese Empire - ‘Belt and Road’ Trojan Horse - Richard_Mills
8.Stock Market US China Trade War Panic! Trend Forecast May 2019 Update - Nadeem_Walayat
9.US China Trade Impasse Threatens US Lithium, Rare Earth Imports - Richard_Mills
10.How to Invest in AI Stocks to Profit from the Machine Intelligence Mega-trend - Nadeem_Walayat
Last 7 days
Gold Price Trend Forcast to End September 2019 - Video - 25th June 19
Today’s Pets.com and NINJA Loan Economy - 25th June 19
Testing the Fed’s Narrative with the Fed’s Data: QT Edition - 25th June 19
What "Pro Traders" use to Find Profitable Trades - eBook - 25th June 19
GDX Gold Stocks ETF - 25th June 19
What Does Facebook’s LIBRA New Crytocurrency Really Offer? - 25th June 19
Why Bond Investors MUST Be Paying Attention to Puerto Rico - 25th June 19
The Next Great Depression in the Making - 25th June 19
The Bad News About Record-Low Unemployment - 24th June 19
Stock Market New High, but…! - 24th June 19
Formula for when the Great Stock Market Rally Ends - 24th June 19
How To Time Market Tops and Bottoms - 24th June 19
5 basic tips to help mitigate the vulnerability inherent in email communications - 24th June 19
Will Google AI Kill Us? Man vs Machine Intelligence - 24th June 19
Why are Central Banks Buying Gold and Dumping Dollars? - 23rd June 19
Financial Sector Paints A Clear Picture For Stock Market Trading Profits - 23rd June 19
What You Should Look While Choosing Online Casino - 23rd June 19
INTEL (INTC) Stock Investing to Profit From AI Machine Learning Boom - 22nd June 19
Here’s Why You Should Drive a Piece of Crap Car - 22nd June 19
How Do Stock Prices React to Fed Interest Rate Cuts? - 22nd June 19
Gold Bull Market Breaking Out! - 21st June 19
Post-FOMC Commentary: Delusions of Grandeur - 21st June 19
Gold Scores Gains as Draghi and Powel Grow Concerned - 21st June 19
Potential Upside Targets for Gold Stocks - 21st June 19
Gold Price Trend Forcast to End September 2019 - 21st June 19
The Gold (and Silver) Volcano Is Ready to Erupt - 21st June 19
Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged – Gold & Stocks Rally/Dollar Falls - 21st June 19
Silver Medium-Term Trend Analysis - 20th June 19
Gold Mining Stocks Waiting on This Chart - 20th June 19
A Key Gold Bull Market Signal - 20th June 19
Money Saving Kids Gardening Growing Giant Sunflowers Summer Fun - 20th June 19
Investing in APPLE (AAPL) to Profit From AI Machine Learning Stocks - 20th June 19
Small Cap Stocks May Lead A Market Rally - 20th June 19 -
Interest Rates Square Minus Zero - 20th June 19
Advice for Financing a Luxury Vehicle - 20th June 19
Stock Market Final Blow Off Top Just Hit… Next Week Comes the FIREWORKS - 20th June 19
US Dollar Rallies Off Support But Is This A Top Or Bottom? - 19th June 19
Most Income Investors Are Picking Up Nickels in Front of a Steamroller - 19th June 19
Is the Stock Market’s Volatility About to Spike? - 19th June 19
Facebook's Libra Crypto currency vs Bitcoin: Five Key Differences - 19th June 19
Fed May Trigger Wild Swing In Stock Index and Precious Metals - 19th June 19
How Long Do Land Rover Discovery Sport Brake Pads Last? - 19th June 19
Gold Golden 'Moment of Truth' Is Upon Us: $1,400-Plus or Not? - 18th June 19
Exceptional Times for Gold Warrant Special Attention - 18th June 19
The Stock Market Has Gone Nowhere and Volume is Low. What’s Next - 18th June 19
Silver Long-Term Trend Analysis - 18th June 19
IBM - Watson Deep Learning - AI Stocks Investing - Video - 18th June 19
Investors are Confident, Bullish and Buying Stocks, but… - 18th June 19
Gold and Silver Reversals – Impossible Not to Notice - 18th June 19
S&P 500 Stuck at 2,900, Still No Clear Direction - 17th June 19
Is Boris set to be the next Conservation leader? - 17th June 19
Clock’s Ticking on Your Chance to Profit from the Yield Curve Inversion - 17th June 19
Stock Market Rally Faltering? - 17th June 19
Johnson Vs Gove Tory Leadership Contest Grudge Match Betfair Betting - 17th June 19
Nasdaq Stock Index Prediction System Is Telling Us A Very Different Story - 17th June 19
King Dollar Rides Higher Creating Pressures On Foreign Economies - 17th June 19
Land Rover Discovery Sport Tailgate Not Working Problems Fix (70) - 17th June 19
Stock Market Outlook: is the S&P today just like 2007 or 2016? - 17th June 19

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

Gold Price Trend Forecast Summer 2019

Solar Roadways: Turning Pavement into Power

Commodities / Solar Energy Jun 06, 2014 - 10:35 AM GMT

By: Money_Morning

Commodities

Dr. Kent Moors writes: If you haven’t heard of Scott and Julie Brusaw yet, chances are you will before too long.

They are the founders of a crowd-funded idea that may just revolutionize both transportation and energy.

It is the coolest idea I’ve seen in quite some time. It’s so inventive it could flat-out change everything we think about power.


In fact, the U.S. government has taken the Brusaw’s idea seriously enough to provide them with a small pilot grant, and a crowd-funding effort has raised almost $2 million from individuals all across the country.

Their idea is nothing less than to create “solar roadways”…

Solar Panels You Can Drive On

The idea is this: To turn America’s roads into power-generating solar panels. This approach could generate three times our annual energy needs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by some 75%.

The vision here is mind blowing. Better yet, the technology to make it all happen is already available. And while “solar roadways” may start with small demonstration projects, the greater objective is the biggest energy target you are likely ever to see.

In fact, the entertaining video used in the investment pitch for this idea has virtually gone viral. You may have already seen it. At last count over six million people have watched it.

It can be found at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-roadways. The idea is billed as “Solar panels that you can drive, park, and walk on.”

Now I hasten to add that this video and the accompanying information is an investment pitch for a private initiative. Do not invest at this point. There are still too many ways this can fall on its face.

Because when it comes to game-changing new ideas in renewable energy, there are a number of hurdles involved. And if you are also proposing to change the very fabric of how we get around, that might take even longer.

Nonetheless, it remains one of the most striking examples of the entrepreneurial drive I have ever witnessed.

As the indiegogo pitch notes:

“Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds). These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds… literally any surface under the sun. They pay for themselves primarily through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots. A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole.

The panels have many other features as well, including: heating elements to stay snow/ice free, LEDs to make road lines and signage, and an attached Cable Corridor to store and treat storm water and provide a “home” for power and data cables. EVs (electric vehicles) will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving.”

Of course, critics point out that the process will be extraordinarily expensive. Asphalt, after all, is cheap. Solar panels are not. And economics will go a long way to determining whether anything eventually comes of this idea.

Yet, on the plus side, the technology is already available and the entire concept has been well thought out and impressively visualized.

Take a look at the video and make your own judgment. This idea could just make the phrase “Made in America” take on a whole new meaning.

Thinking Outside of the Box

Of course, I have commented on new developments in energy efficiency and renewables in OEI on numerous occasions. Many of the advances headed our way are likely to make an impact somewhere down the line. Others are more of a technical nature, filling in a gap here or taking a necessary step there.

It’s all fascinating stuff, but at the moment it’s not about to change how you design a short-term energy investment strategy.

Yet the sheer number of “breakthroughs” comparable to the “solar road” is rather impressive.

For example, just consider these innovative new ideas for a moment…

A research project at Grand Valley State University’s energy center in Muskegon, Mich., has developed a new laminated glass they call “Suntuitive.” It works by placing a thermochromic (color changes with temperature) interlayer between window panes.

This interlayer adapts passively to direct sunlight, can enhance indoor comfort and day lighting while blocking heat generated from sunlight, glare and ultraviolet light without window shades or other sun-blocking devices.

“Suntuitive” requires no electrical or mechanical assistance. Needless to say, its widespread use would make a significant dent in the energy usage across a range of structures.

Then there is what they are up to in a lab at the University of California Riverside. Their ongoing research is one of several heralded developments in energy storage that may usher in a whole new generation of applications.

At UC Riverside, the attention is on supercapacitors.

Unlike conventional batteries, which store electrical power by converting electrical into chemical energy, supercapacitors essentially hang “extra” electrons on their molecular surface, which allows for much faster charging and discharging times.

The hang up here has always been that the storage capacity of supercapacitors is limited by their “energy density.” They just don’t have enough surface area on which to hang additional electrons.

At UC Riverside they have been experimenting with new materials to get around this surface limitation. One of them uses graphene, an artificial form of carbon with a staggering amount of surface area on the subatomic scale. This has resulted in a new nanotechnology that is already providing twice the power of commercially available supercapacitors.

Given that the approach requires graphene foam and the use of rare metals like ruthenium, there are some serious price problems with this method. But research is ongoing to apply other materials.

Both of these are excellent examples of the tried and true “one step at a time” slow progress of scientific experimentation. It begins with slow prodding. Then one day there is a massive discovery and it’s off to the races.

As the Brusaws and so many other innovativors show, it’s amazing what you can achieve when you’re willing to think outside the box.

Source : http://oilandenergyinvestor.com/2014/06/solar-roadways-turning-pavement-power/

Money Morning/The Money Map Report

©2014 Monument Street Publishing. All Rights Reserved. Protected by copyright laws of the United States and international treaties. Any reproduction, copying, or redistribution (electronic or otherwise, including on the world wide web), of content from this website, in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of Monument Street Publishing. 105 West Monument Street, Baltimore MD 21201, Email: customerservice@moneymorning.com

Disclaimer: Nothing published by Money Morning should be considered personalized investment advice. Although our employees may answer your general customer service questions, they are not licensed under securities laws to address your particular investment situation. No communication by our employees to you should be deemed as personalized investent advice. We expressly forbid our writers from having a financial interest in any security recommended to our readers. All of our employees and agents must wait 24 hours after on-line publication, or after the mailing of printed-only publication prior to following an initial recommendation. Any investments recommended by Money Morning should be made only after consulting with your investment advisor and only after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Money Morning Archive

© 2005-2019 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

6 Critical Money Making Rules