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'World's First Solar Highway' Opens in China for Testing


Jinan, the capital city of China's Shandong province, opened on Thursday a kilometer-long stretch of solar expressway for testing, joining France and the Netherlands that have tapped into the nascent technology.

China's new solar road consists of an insulating layer on the bottom, photovoltaic panels in the middle, and transparent concrete on top.

The solar panels cover 5,875 square meters and can generate 1 million kilowatt-hours of power in a year, or enough to meet the energy demands of about 800 homes, Qilu Transportation Development Group, the project developer, claimed.

If the technology proves effective, the electricity generated by the panels could power everything from street lights to signboards, and even a snow-melting system on the road. Excess energy can get sent to state grid.

"The project will save the space for building solar farms and shorten the transmission distance," said Xu Chunfu, the group's chairman.

But this special road—which China has hailed as the "world's first photovoltaic highway"—is designed to do a lot more than just harness the sun's rays for electricity and allow cars to get from A to B.

The site also serves as a clean energy lab to test other technologies, including wireless charging for electric vehicles and providing internet connection.

As intriguing as the project sounds, solar roads have been dismissed by critics as too expensive for practical use. China's road costs about $458 per square meter, which is much more expensive than, say, traditional asphalt.

Still, this project showcases China's multibillion dollar plow into renewable energy. By 2020, the country is aiming to build 54.5GW of large-scale solar projects.

"With the development of solar power in China, the cost can be further reduced," Xu said.


https://www.ecowatch.com/china-solar-highway-2520728544.html


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Transparent concrete....



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Jinan, the capital city of China's Shandong province, opened on Thursday a kilometer-long stretch of solar expressway for testing, joining France and the Netherlands that have tapped into the nascent technology.

China's new solar road consists of an insulatin


The US needs to step-up it's game or it's gonna be dust in the wind by the end of the century.


This has been what I've been saying since before Obamie became Prezzie.... Think of all the jobs it would create to start upgrading ALL of the roads, highways and related infrastructure for clean energy, rapid transit... All of it.... But would Obamie listen to me? Would Trump?? NOOOOOOO So, yeah, end of the century we'll be kickin over America's gravestone

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This has been what I've been saying since before Obamie became Prezzie.... Think of all the jobs it would create to start upgrading ALL of the roads, highways and related infrastructure for clean energy, rapid transit... All of it.... But would Obamie listen to me? Would Trump?? NOOOOOOO So, yeah, end of the century we'll be kickin over America's gravestone


Totally agree with you Dmon.US is putting itself behind the old 8 ball.Infrastructure is in terrible shape in this Country.Obama could of done a lot,but promised Kennedy he would do healthcare first.Trump really could of brought the Country together if he would of went for infrastructure first but nooooo,he wanted to fuck over Obama the best he could.Now he says he's gonna fix the bridges and road next year.How is he gonna do that after putting this nation another trillion and a half in debt?Congress isn't going to go for that unless it's offset by spending cuts and that means they will want to cut into SS,Medicare and Medicaid just to start.No Dem in their right mind would sign on to that deal after the tax cut for the rich just got pass.

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The "end of the next century" is 83 years away - I don't give a flying fuck about what happens then grin3.gif
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Transparent concrete....



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They had transparent aluminum on star trek. laugh.gif
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They had transparent aluminum on star trek. laugh.gif



Damn,I was having a good laugh over that too.It sounded like some sort of oxymoron.So I googled first transparent concrete and found out it seems to be called Translucent concrete,then I googled transparent aluminum and found out that was also a real thing.They call it Aluminium oxynitride.They mentioned the many different uses and even gave a nod to Star Trek

"It has been dubbed transparent aluminum after a fictional Star Trek material." laugh.gif

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