The world’s first solar road has turned out to be a colossal failure that’s falling apart and doesn’t generate enough energy, according to a report. Who made all the money then ran? Is Solyndra in Europe now?

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Not so silent
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Not so silent

One of the dumbest f*cking things I have ever seen…I would love to have driven on it with a four wheel drive with spiked snow tires on all four wheels..

poppajoe49
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poppajoe49

Did they even consider that the cars on the road will block the sun reaching the road, therefore degrading the efficiency?
Plus, dirt, exhaust, oil, and tire debris will also deposit on the road, blocking the sun.
Dumbest idea ever.

Plainsman
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Plainsman

OK, ya’ll will laugh at me, but I need to clear something up… THE ROAD DOESN’T “POWER” THE CARS THAT TRAVERSE THEREON. Just sayin.

JPTravis
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Thing is, besides the stupidity of thinking the materials that are best for generating solar power are the same as the materials that are best for making roads, there is the problem of getting the electricity generated to where it is needed. That’s a big part of the problem of power generation. DELIVERING it. A ROAD, by definition, is a very spread out thing, so by making a road into a power plant you have compounded your problems of delivery. Normally, the amounts generated by a power plant are so immense that the amount lost in the delivery process are not significant, but when the amounts being generated are small, LIKE IN A DUMBASS SOLAR ROAD, and the power plant is spread out over a hundred miles, your delivery process is probably going to eat up most of the power you generated. I can figure this out and I’m not even an engineer.

Joe Redfield
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Joe Redfield

Next, they’ll try electric cars with built-in wind turbines.

deepthinker
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deepthinker

Moonbeams and fairy dust

JPTravis
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Well that’s just about the dopiest idea ever.