Solar Roadways Using Hardened LED Solar Cells

There was a video online a couple of months ago about solar Roadway’s, which was annoying at best and dragged on before getting to the point. It was about work in the field to develop hexagonal shaped solar Cells that would both absorb light and project light, but would have a hardened surface that would still provide the same traction as a normal road. The idea was to have thousands of these solar cells all the way along a roadway that would power the lights that ran along side the roadways and also be warm enough to prevent ice forming on them during the winter; the excess water that would melt from them would form along a channel running down the length of the roadway that would filter out into nearby drains or fields.

If there was a hazard on the road the LED lights would activate and display a message and series of images to warn drivers of accidents or obstructions ahead; similar to the road markings we see on the roads today. Though these could be configured to display any message or road marking without the need to be repainted, as is the case with the road markings current painted on our roads.

If the cells were damaged, only the cells that were damaged would need to be replaced. Because they are hardened they ideally would last longer than a normal stretch of road and eventually cost less to replace.

The main benefit of having these Solar cells was not only to power the lights along side the road, but also to provide a wireless charging network, that would wirelessly transmit power currents to the batteries of the the cars as they used the Solar Roadways.

The idea sounds great in theory, but not much was said about how to power roads in places where there is not much sun, or during duller seasons; nothing was mentioned about the potential problems with health that could arise with wirelessly transmitting power currents to the cars.

Look around for these over the next 10 years with roadways in smaller USA towns.

Fully Transparent Solar Cells

Within a few years or less homes will be built with transparent solar cell glass. They will be virtually identical to that of normal glass panes, through they will have solar cell stores on the edges of the solar glass panes that will collect and store the energy that is being dispersed from the reflected light that is not able to pass through the solar glass cells.

These fully transparent solar concentrators were designed and built by Michigan State University back in 2014, and they have a wide range of applications wherever glass windows or screens are to be used. Basically a screen or glass pane becomes a photovoltaic solar cell, which means that a car or mobile phone device could power themselves from the energy of the sun.

With the green initiative to lower C02 levels, we could be well on our way to reaching that goal if all our cars are powered by the sun. The current limitations of electric cars is that they don’t have good mileage before they need to be charged again and charging takes time that many car owners who are out on the road won’t have. With this technology however, a car can be continuously powered by the sun buy increasing the surface area of solar technology on the car; basically all the windows of the car will be solar cells, which will collect and store energy across a twin battery system (primary active battery, and secondary battery).

Of course this technology can be used to power entire buildings like skyscrapers where most of the visible surface are of the building is glass; these can all be turned into solar cells and with the amount of power they can generate it will be enough for these building to power the cities themselves.

Mass produced Pre-built Laptop Units, and P.C Systems

Mass produced pre-built Laptop units and P.C systems are great for those who don’t understand how to build a computer or know the inner workings; the tech is often scaled down and therefore a lot cheaper. The more of the units that are made the cheaper they will cost to produce minus the added time and labour costs.

It’s ok having something that is mass produced with hundreds, thousands or even millions of virtually identical copies of the same model; it will be a lot easier to get a replacement that way if it goes wrong.

Most things manufactured these day’s are mass-produced, but the key is to find something that has a smaller number of units that have been built if you truly want something that is unique.

All parts that make up any computer system, including laptops are mass produced. Though with a pre-built system the number of units will be in the thousands and the generic tech inside could be in the a lot more.

When you buy a series of individual mass produced pieces of hardware that have a limit quantity of units in the hundreds, those parts are usually more expensive because of the lesser number of units created with the base mould; that base mould costs money to make and they have to recover the costs from that.

Once you have selected the right hardware to build your computer system, you can have something that is truly unique in terms of the hardware; of course the software will be mass produced, but you can customise the environment within the Operating System to reflect you and your personal style.

With Laptop’s you don’t have much choice and you are limited to the generic tech that is built for that system, and if it goes wrong, it’s not as easy as swapping out the out parts for new, as there will be many different variations of that tech out there and you will have to find the one that is compatible.

Central Heating Boiler System

Central Heating Systems are great for heating water in home and you can have hot water, and heated rooms with heat levels easily controlled by a thermostat control system somewhere in the house. The drawbacks are that if the boiler breaks down, you won’t have any heating or hot water in the house until it is repaired; they also require maintenance over time and this can be costly.

Therefore you have to plan ahead, set some money aside for the average costs of repairs to the boiler and just don’t spend it. This way you won’t be caught out unexpectedly in an emergency when the boiler goes down.

In terms of the situation, the best way to plan ahead for this is to have portable oil radiators somewhere in the house in storage just in case the heating goes out leaving the house exposed to the winter elements. Nearly every home has a kettle, so not having hot water from the boiler is not really a problem in the short term as you can boil the kettle, or heat up some water in a pan and do it that way.