Archive: Environment & Energy

November 13th, 2014 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Ecosystems, Environment & Energy | No Comments

Solar can provide most energy by end of century

I’ve written recently about how solar is getting cheaper and about how it may be growing too fast in the sense that the current energy grid and business systems cannot adjust quickly enough. But an interesting question is whether it would be possible to provide much, perhaps even most energy with solar by the end of the century. I believe this would be a good idea, and perhaps is even inevitable given the declining cost curve of solar, and the likely need to shift toward cleaner energy even if fossil fuels stay relatively abundant deep into the century. Here is an infographic that explores the capacity of solar to fulfill our energy needs that was sent to me yesterday. I think it undersells the challenge of building the energy grid and the storage systems that would make solar this feasible, but you will probably discover some facts you were unaware of as you explore the graphic.


Could The World Be 100% Solar?

Could The World Be 100% Solar? [Infographic] by the team at CashEuroNetUK, LLC


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October 30th, 2014 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Environment & Energy | Comments Off

Solar getting cheaper, will dominate

Windkrafträder und Solarmodule in einem Rapsfeld

It takes just 9 seconds of sunlight to provide the equivalent energy generated by burning all the oil, coal and gas we destroy every 24 hours. And solar is getting cheaper, so cheap it will dominate future electricity generation. A clear trajectory toward solar is emerging. A Deutsche Bank report published this week says that solar will be as cheap or cheaper than other forms of electricity generation in 47 states by 2016, in 36 states even if current tax credits were reduced. Even today solar is at grid parity in 10 states. The International Energy Agency now predicts that solar will be the world’s biggest source of electricity by 2050. This is a difficult challenge for the currently centralized model of electricity generation.

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October 24th, 2014 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Business & Economy, Environment & Energy | Comments Off

Solar energy growing too fast?

iStock_000016699748XSmallInteresting that conversation is beginning to focus on whether solar energy and other renewables are growing too fast for the current electricity generating and grid system to cope with. The basic problem is that current generating capacity cannot be ramped up and down swiftly enough to accept huge amounts of renewable energy, and we still lack storage capacity for excess power generation. Predicted to be a bigger problem in the next 5 years or so, than in 15 years when there is more renewable energy and the system has adjusted.

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May 19th, 2014 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Environment & Energy | Comments Off

Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways! – You can help

Update June 30 – Solar Roadways made it, raising nearly $2.3 million. Thanks to all who helped. They really have a chance now to commercialize their vision.

I will leave this blog up a bit longer so you can watch this wonderful video. We will get back to some new blogs about the future in July.
GH

10 days left to invest in Solar Freakin’ Roadways !!!!!

Go to Indiegogo and help now.

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April 21st, 2014 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Ecosystems, Environment & Energy, Innovation, Millennial City | Comments Off

The Future of Roadways is Solar, and Brilliant

We’ve been tracking the progress of Scott and Julie Brusaw of Sandpoint Idaho and their federally supported project to build a prototype for a smart highway that generates power and pays for itself. This is Solar Roadways. We’ve chatted from time to time and I show videos of the project in many of my programs (people love it and are amazed at the audacious idea). This is a project worth supporting. The are launching an Indiegogo campaign on Earth Day, 22 April 2014.

We share their press release below with a photo of the prototype parking lot recently completed. They modestly call it an “intelligent” highway system – but I’d call a road that pays for itself, heals itself, generates solar energy, has built in lighting, and heating that prevents ice and snow buildup, and is made of glass… brilliant!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2014
SOLAR ROADWAYS RELEASES FIRST PHOTOS OF SOLAR PARKING LOT PROTOTYPE
Announces crowdsource campaign to launch on Earth Day
SOLAR ROADWAYS, SAGLE, IDAHO (APRIL 14, 2014)

Parking lot east

Solar Roadways was tasked by the Federal Highway Administration, with a Phase II SBIR contract, to build a solar parking lot prototype. The first photos of the initial installation have been released. “The basic installation is now done, but there is still work to do before the parking lot will be totally complete- LED patterns, covers for mounting holes and mastic to fill the gaps between panels are still to come”, said Scott Brusaw, co-founder, along with his wife Julie of Solar Roadways, Inc.

“One of the biggest challenges of this phase was to explore and test various glass surfaces and textures and test them for strength, traction and durability and all test results have exceeded our expectations. In addition to the solar cells, the panels contain heaters to keep them snow/ice free and LED lights for road lines and verbiage” , said Scott Brusaw.

The company needs to acquire funding to begin hiring a team, streamline the process for quick and cost effective production, and gear up for manufacturing. To this end, Solar Roadways will launch an Indiegogo campaign at 12:01am EST on Earth Day, April 22, 2014.

The Brusaws plan to locate their first manufacturing facility near their home in north Idaho, but envision facilities in most states and various countries as production ramps up. Solar Roadways has already received an outpouring of interest from potential customers, from their home town of Sandpoint, Idaho to remote areas of the world.

Solar Roadways is a company with a single purpose: to replace our nation’s deteriorating highway infrastructure and crumbling power grid with an intelligent highway system that pays for itself through the generation of electricity and doubles as an intelligent, self-healing, decentralized power grid.

Roadway image

Contact
Scott and Julie Brusaw
(208) 263-2537
julie@solarroadways.com

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