Questionable Motives

May 28, 2014

What are solar freakin’ roadways?

Filed under: Environment,Science,Technology — tildeb @ 10:00 am

They are the future that starts now. Welcome to the beginning of something special…


(h/t to mystro at deadwildroses)



  1. Awesome.

    Comment by john zande — May 28, 2014 @ 10:23 am | Reply

  2. Wow! Very cool.

    Comment by Av8torbob — May 28, 2014 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

  3. I sometimes wish I was a wealthy philanthropist because I’d be all over this like Oprah an a baked ham. I’d be personally footing the bill to have a street section replaced with this stuff to see how well it works. I would imagine this technology would be very costly to implement but should be much easier and less costly to maintain than conventional asphalt road ways. Living in Northern Ontario, I can tell you I am extremely interested in the heated roadways which would enable us to do away with sand and salt and icy road conditions. That might put winter tire manufacturing right out of business perhaps!

    Comment by Ashley — May 29, 2014 @ 3:15 pm | Reply

  4. Living in Southwestern Ontario, I can tell you your thoughts are mine.

    If the power total is true, I can see this as a stepping stone to providing power to electric vehicles and thereby solving the stubborn battery issues… meaning that a single grid would provide power to any vehicles on it without the limiting range and recharge problems. That’s one reason why I think this technology could be the Next Big Thing and a game changer revolutionizing the transportation industry… from the bottom up.

    Comment by tildeb — May 29, 2014 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

    • Oh, big oil ain’t gonna like talk like that! I wonder if they could be convinced to invest in this stuff on the ground floor to replace the inevitable depletion of fossil fuels? Probably not for very long time.

      Comment by Ashley — May 29, 2014 @ 6:25 pm | Reply

  5. I was really excited about these too, but then I watched Thunderfoots video:

    I still think it’s a great idea, but Thunderfoot brings up some good points, and they need to be addressed.

    Comment by R. L. Culpeper — June 20, 2014 @ 2:39 am | Reply

    • Yes, I saw that, too and agree there are many issues. But I liked the idea of using transportation networks to help power transportation.

      I find Thunderfoote’s videos focused too much on skepticism these days – a kind of skepticism that can be applied against almost anything – rather than criticism. Criticism for such ideas is necessary and revealing and helpful but skepticism for these problems is easily used to support the status quo – a situation that is going to have to change. I like the principle of moving away from asphalt pavement and towards a way to turn them into sources for renewable energy; how this is accomplished must undergo the necessary process for all the practical problems to be accounted for and this starts with innovation. Skepticism aimed at the principle because of the practical problems I think is misguided criticism.

      Comment by tildeb — June 20, 2014 @ 7:49 am | Reply

      • I could not agree with you more. Thunderfoot can be frustrating, and even though I think his criticisms were well founded, I think he’s smart enough to recognize the potential in a project like this. He could have at least offered some solutions to the various problems that he raised, but I think he just gets off on deconstructing ideas now.

        Comment by R. L. Culpeper — June 20, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

  6. Good videos both of them – but I think my favorite is Thuderf00ts great example of what the emperor looks like when he’s not wearing any clothes.

    Comment by misunderstoodranter — December 28, 2014 @ 8:34 am | Reply

  7. An update.

    Comment by tildeb — February 14, 2016 @ 11:13 am | Reply

  8. Another update to the update! Bottom line: the problems are too expensive and inefficient. But hey, that’s why we test.

    Comment by tildeb — September 1, 2019 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

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