Jun 19, 2014
Hi Cyclonebuster - This is indeed a very interesting idea, but I'm not clear on how it's directly related to transportation. It seems like it's more related to infrastructure. Also, you might want to talk more about feasibility, funding mechanisms, and adaptation of current infrastructure. Who would propose that such measures are adopted? What is the political incentive? Can you talk more about the industry/engineering/implementation side? These are just a few suggestions that would make your proposal a bit stronger. Great work!
Jun 19, 2014
Hi Elizabeth thanks for the questions and interest, I have the idea under industry also. At various strategic locations where ever these are located they can have charging stations for electric cars like the Tesla Motor cars where they can stop for 1/2 hour and get a 200 mile run time charge or have them as a battery charging station where they can just exchange low batteries for newly charged batteries and swap them out quickly and be on the road again in same time it would take to fill your car with gasoline. You can set up a battery exchange program for a certain amount of dollars. All excess power would go to homes and businesses in the local area which would be good for load control and voltage purposes for the grid especially during peak hours... Governments can make laws for these to be built like the current regulation to reduce GHG's 30% by 2030. Don't forget to view my other proposals here and click the support proposal icons on the ones you are interested in. https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/member/-/member/userId/1005099
Agharese Lucia Ojelede
Jun 26, 2014
Hello, Interesting but no breakdown of the cost based on timeline included Arese
Jun 26, 2014
Hello Agharese, Thanks for your interest...This is just an idea of how to transfer solar energy into electrical power(Developmental stages). No idea what the costs would be or what the timeline would be. The cost of the coils if made from copper or aluminum would be the most expensive part unless other materials can be used.. Any ideas on that? The turbine/generators I can't imagine being to expensive nor should the condenser or cooling systems compared to the evaporator section....
Jun 27, 2014
Agharese, Perhaps copper plated steel tubing would do the trick..
Aug 5, 2014
Although the idea is great out of the box thinking, it fails in the thermodynamics and costs involved. Temperature differential is critical for a system generating energy - when the asphalt gets really hot, ambient temperature is also quite high and the temp differential will not exceed 30 C at best. ORC turbines need at least 90C to operate and they do so at fairly low efficiencies. The thermal energy could be harvested for low-grade head applications but still the maintenance of piping and the pumping requirements would be too high compared to dedicated systems on rooftops for example. Much easier is lining of the right of way with PV instead.
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