My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: The Brusaw's Solar Roadways score US$1 million on IndieGogo and US$750,000 from US FHA - Powering Roadways one Parking Lot at a Time

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Brusaw's Solar Roadways score US$1 million on IndieGogo and US$750,000 from US FHA - Powering Roadways one Parking Lot at a Time

“A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole. They have many other features as well, including: heating elements to stay snow/ice free, LEDs to make road lines and signage, and attached Cable Corridor to store and treat stormwater and provide a 'home' for power and data cables”

Scott Brusaw, Electrical Engineer and designer of the Solar Roadways Project to harvest Solar Power from idle unoccupied Roadways and Parking Lots

Sometimes a Kickstarter only gets going on IndieGogo when it hits the Road……literally.

Scott and Julie Brusaw, have been campaigning for the past eight (8) years to get their idea of Solar Powered Roadways, aptly called Solar Roadways, off the ground as stated in “Solar road could change how we power the world”, published May 13, 2014 5:50 PM PDT by Michelle Starr, CNET News

Their Campaigning has now hit a new high, with the Brushaw's hitting the high notes with US$1 million from a funding round on IndieGogo from only 36,000 backers, in the process setting a new Funding Record as stated in “Solar-roadway backers set crowdfunding record”, published May 29, 2014 1:48 PM PDT by Eric Mack, CNET News. The Pledge breakdown gives an idea of the level of interest and power that 36,000 backers wield:

1.      11,000 pledged $10 or less
2.      6,000 pledged $50 or more
3.      7 pledged $10,000 each

Clearly this project is going to be a Gamechanger for the Power Industry and Road and Highway Maintenance in the US of A. It may also have similar implications for the Developing World Countries should the husband and wife team of Scott and Julie Brusaw decide to go Global with this!

Solar Roadways – Powering Roadways and Homes one Hexagonal Transparent Tempered Glass Parking Lot at a Time

No wonder it got so much support. The concept and potential of Solar Roadways is mind-blowing.

This Solar Power, once converted to Electricity, can be used to power nearby buildings and ultimately the National Grid. Made of pre-stressed Transparent Tempered Glass that has the tensile Strength of Concrete, the Solar Panels are embedded inside the hexagonal segments of Transparent Tempered Glass that are laid in an interlocking fashion on the roadway, making it possible for any landscape to harvest the Sun's energy. 

Aside from Solar Panels, it also has a built in Heating Element to melt Snow and a grid of Wireless LED (Light Emitting Diode) that can be programmed to display messages relevant to motorists or even create illuminated Walkways at night-time. The Transparent Tempered Glass is designed to be non-reflective to prevent it from blinding drivers due to reflected sunlight.

That Electrical Energy can be used for many things associated with Homes and Roadway

1.      Melting Snow
2.      Display Messages for Motorists
3.      Lighting up the Roadways at night for Pedestrians and Bicycle Riders

But it is its potential to power the entire Nation that has me personally excited. If Solar Roadways were to cover all the Roadways in Jamaica for example, it could be used to power not just Road signs but also Houses in communities that would be connected and powered by the very Parking lot or even Tiles in their home Garden.

The Brusaws – Record 36,000 IndieGogo backers want the US of A to go Solar Roadways

Mr. Scott Brusaw is an electrical Engineer and over that period of time his very ambitious idea has received numerous accolades due to its main promise: replacement of all Fossil Fuel Based forms of Energy by utilizing empty parking lots and Roadways as a source of Low cost economy-of-scale Solar Power.

Mr. Scott Brusaw has spoken on invitation at TEDx, NASA, and Google's Solve for X. But more seriously, he's received several rounds of funding for the following organizations:

1.      GE (General Electric)
2.      World Technology Award
3.      Google
4.      IEEE Ace Awards
5.      US Federal Highway Administration

In the case of the  US FHA (Federal Highway Administration), they've already receive two (2) rounds of funding, with third worth some US$750,000 now being utilized to build a parking lot outside of its electronics lab in Sandpoint, Idaho embedded with the Solar Roadways Technology as stated in “Solar Roadways to build solar-powered parking Lot”, published August 15, 2011 9:17 AM PDT by Liane Yvkoff, CNET News

If the 24 hour monitoring and testing by the US FHA is successful, then Phase 2 might involve Solar Roadways being used on sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots with solar highways being the next Big Stop on Solar Roadways ambitious plans to tower the entire United States of America using Solar Power.

Conceivably, these Tiles could also be designed to cover patios and lawns in houses, making it possible for US Homeowners to not only power their Houses but also recharge their All-Electric Vehicles or produce Hydrogen from Sunlight using the power these Solar Roadways Tiles generate.

Making them smaller into Roof-tiles would mean Solar Roadways would not only be a concept for using Solar power from idle Real-estate, but houses could also go off gird by being covered from roof to floor in Solar Panels that can not only generate all the electricity the house needs but also keep it warm as well. Not to mention a great way to have Christmas lights built into your home!

Not only can Developed World countries like the US of A benefit, but so too can Developing World countries in Tropical and Equatorial when the Sun shines continuously. Countries such as Jamaica could benefit in the same was as documented above as well as being an alternative solution to the 381 MW Power Plant to power the Entire country and solving our Nationwide Power Problem as described in my blog article entitledDr. Vincent Lawrence to oversee the 381 MW LNG Project - All powerful Essene Brotherhood to Resurrect PNP General Election 2016 Win like Osiris”!

Especially if the Solar Roadways Technology could be made into roof tiles to cover households and thus power the home directly via a mini-Inverter to convert DC to AC power suitable enough to power the House. Battery power could be stored underground in a Water-Proof Vault, making it possible for Jamaicans with some considerable financial investment to get off the Grid and be Solar Powered!

Can’t wait to see where Scott and Julie Brusaw take their Solar Roadways Technology now that they have the backing of 36,000 Indiegogo supporters to the tune of over US$1 million and now the US FHA is testing it out in their own Backyard. Solar Roadways may be the future of Electricity Generation in the US of A as it has the potential to take the entire country off the Grid!

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