EEVblog #681 – More Solar Roadways BULLSHIT!

Dave yet again debunks Solar (Freaking) Roadways. This time the prototype SolaRoad solar cycleway path installed in Amsterdam in Netherlands.
Dave shows how to go about doing ballpark engineering feasibility calculations for such a project, calculates the expected payback period, and SPOILER, shows why Solar Roadways will never be a viable technology. This time using real measured data from the Netherlands cycleway prototype, and real measured solar insolation data for the Netherlands

Links:
1st Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obS6TUVSZds
Live output data from Dave’s 3Kw solar roof system http://pvoutput.org/list.jsp?userid=22501

http://www.solaroad.nl
Newsletter:
http://www.solaroad.nl/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Artikel-SolaRoad-BU2013.pdf

Solaroads press release:
http://www.solaroad.nl/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/PressReleaseSolaRoadOpened_21Oct.pdf

Road Construction Costs:
http://www.worldbank.org/transport/roads/c&m_docs/kmcosts.pdf

Road network lengths:
http://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/sustainable/studies/doc/2008_road_infrastructure_costs_and_revenues.pdf

Average Household Energy Consumption:
http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/research/energy/downloads/countrypictures/cp_netherlands.pdf

Price Per Watt for solar panels:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Price_per_watt

PV System installation costs:
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy13osti/56776.pdf

Solar Irradiance / Insolation data:
http://solarelectricityhandbook.com/solar-irradiance.html

Electricity prices for households:
http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/statistics_explained/index.php/File:Electricity_prices_for_household_consumers,_first_half_2013_%281%29_%28EUR_per_kWh%29_YB14.png

Sunpower P18 solar panel:
http://hvce.com/admin/content/uploads/Sunpower230.pdf

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