Solar Roadways Cannot Happen

Here’s the idea:

These solar panels might find limited use in some specific types of projects. But roads? In anything but limited and isolated situations?

Joel Anderson, writing for, offers a stinging take-down of this latest dumb and desperate idea to keep people driving automobiles.

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Comments 4

  1. Khal Spencer wrote:

    One comment for now. Rare-Earth Elements.

    Posted 26 May 2014 at 7:37 am
  2. Khal Spencer wrote:

    “…Peter Kelemen, Arthur D. Storke Memorial Professor of Geochemistry at the Earth Institute’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. “Every megawatt of electricity needs 200 kilograms of neodymium—or 20 percent of one ton,” he said. “So if every big wind turbine produces one megawatt, five turbines will require one ton of neodymium. If wind is going to play a major part in replacing fossil fuels, we will need to increase our supply of neodymium.”

    “…The Chinese Society of Rare Earths estimated that the refinement of one ton of rare earth metals results in 75 cubic meters of acidic wastewater and one ton of radioactive residue. The 1998 leak of hundreds of thousands of gallons of radioactive wastewater into a nearby lake was a contributing factor to Molycorp’s shutdown in 2002….”

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    Posted 26 May 2014 at 7:42 am
  3. Ian Cooper wrote:

    What is most depressing about this is not the fact that someone is working on this technology, but that there are so many rubes who are convinced that it’s a great idea.

    Posted 26 May 2014 at 8:05 am
  4. Steve A wrote:

    Sounds like something worth funding – with toll roads on all roads that cyclists and pedestrians are not allowed to use…

    Posted 26 May 2014 at 4:57 pm