A friend of mine shared this…it seems pretty cool…
A few concerns after seeing this, one being how much more light pollution would this add. It’s one thing to have city roads looking like the Tron movie, but it’s getting harder and harder to find anywhere to go to see the night’s sky without the intrusion of man-made light. I know everything has a price, but I would hope some discretion would be used.
Also, what would the short term costs (material-wise, therefore resource-wise) be for creating so many panels, and are all of the components “friendly” ones? And by that I mean, do they contain certain metals/materials that can only be obtained in third world countries by dictators through child labour (like the BBC highlighted for, IIRC, crystal cell phone components were at one time).
I don’t mean to be a downer, merely practical on a large scale, as you know everything is connected and inter-connected. It’s like electric cars – fantastic idea – but adding the need for more electricity onto an already failing infrastructure (not to mention the energy requirements to create such a thing) cost still has the potential to be greater than benefit in the background that we don’t see.
Just worth thinking about.
*Re-post of my comments to her blog*
I have three words for you.
Solar Freakin’ Roadways.
Seriously.Check out the video link below.
Really?! My first reaction was “Why are we not on this already?!” Roads are such ordinary things.We all use them, walk on them and drive on them without giving a thought to them.Sure, we think lots about what is on them, we yell at other drivers, and get frustrated that this damn traffic is not allowing us to achieve our own personal goals, namely getting to where we are going in a timely fashion.The thing itself though? It is the epitome of ordinary.So ordinary that it ceases to be a consideration in our minds.With this technology, and enough people getting behind it, we can transform what is inefficient into an energy creating, tax saving, job creating workhorse that serves the whole entire world.
Think about all the money…
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