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A directory of technologies and resources pertaining to harvesting energy from roadways.
There are a number of forces created that can be harvested from roads, including the wind from the passage of vehicles, vibrations from their tires, or the black surface being exposed to the sun.
Directory:Piezoelectric – creating of electricity from small movements
Produce Electricity While You Drive - Piezoelectricity can be put to use making electricity from the mechanical stress from vehicles passing over roadways. The concept was originally developed by Innowattech, who plans to lay down a sort of test road in Israel. (Alt Energy News Oct. 7, 2009)
Directory:Dickson Piezoelectric Generator - Richard Dickson proposes using the piezoelectric effect for generating electricity, where pressure turns into electricity, from environments such as wave action or roadway impact. The question is one of cost and feasibility, not whether or not it would work.
See also: Directory:Wind
Solar Roadways Awarded DOT Contract to Pave Roads with Solar Cells - In a first step toward turning highways into energy-generating solar panels, the Idaho-based startup Solar Roadways has recently received a $100,000 grant from the US Department of Transportation (DOT). The company will use the money to build a prototype of its Solar Road Panel, made from solar cells and glass, that is meant to replace petroleum-based asphalt on roads and in parking lots. (PhysOrg Sept. 7, 2009)
Solar Roadways - The Solar Roadway™ is a series of interconnected glassified Solar Road Panels™ that you actually drive on. The idea is to replace all current asphalt roads, parking lots and driveways with 12 square foot Solar Road Panels™, each producing an average of 7.6kWh per day. (Solar Roadways Nov. 17, 2008)
COULD SOLAR HIGHWAYS POWER OUR CITIES? - Australian renewable energy retailer Going Solar has conceived of a clever strategy that infuses urban transit systems with energy producing potential - install solar panels in highways as sound barriers! (Inhabitat Aug. 30. 2008)
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