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Guugoltricity

Paneling the Way to a Brighter Future

Guugoltricity

April 22, 2015

Brian Capps
Lina Dominguez
Christofer Schmidt

Table of Contents
List of Illustrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ii
Abstract . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .iii
The Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Discussion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Appendix A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Department Questionnaire
Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Works Cited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

List of Illustrations

Figure
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1. Solar Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
2. Solar Road Construction Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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Abstract
This report was brought about because Solar Roadways is gaining steam in the electrical
industry. The power of solar roads is enormous. Our solution to the problem of dead-weight
roads and environmentally harmful energy production is for us to take advantage of this
wonderful product and incorporate it by an all-out purchase of the company, Solar Roadways,
and all of its patents. Purchasing this company and its patents will allow Guugoltricity to control
the manufacture and development of solar roads. With all contract rights, we will be able to
install solar roads on roads and parking lots, and that will provide us lots of coverage for our
solar panels to gather energy and allow us to sell that energy for a profit.

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The Report
Introduction
Purpose
The purpose of our proposal is to create a solid case for our company to acquire and
make use of the technology of solar roads. This technology shows great promise as a
replacement of fossil fuels we currently use to produce electrical power.

Problem
Our current problem is that we are producing
energy in an unclean way, and we will run out of fossil
fuel to produce energy soon. Another thing is that while
our current road system works, its mainly composed of
dead-weight and only functions as a foundation for
our cars to drive on. This means that we are currently
producing almost all of our energy by burning fossil
fuels which is not only dirty and dangerous for the
environment, but will depleted by 2088 (The End).
These problems will only get worse as our population
starts rising past its already staggering number of 7
billion people (United States). We could potentially replace the use of fossil fuels which
eliminates the production of an unclean environment and double the purpose of our roads.

Discussion
Features
The solar road is a system of
interconnected hexagon panels about 4
square feet in size that each have the ability to
collect energy from the sun via solar power and act as a
fully functional road complete with LED
lights (Click Here) See Fig. 1 ("Solar Freaking
Roadways."). This technology allows the
panel to recreate all the shapes needed to make road
signs or parking lot lines. Each piece can act as a separate
Fig. 2
entity that is easily replaceable and is able to communicate with
other plates nearby. This enables us to track and replace damaged ones. The panels
also come with warming abilities which can keep the panel above 35 degrees Fahrenheit
ensuring that snow will not form and collect on top (Frequently Asked Questions).
The panel is composed of different layers of materials. See Fig. 2. The top layer is made
of tempered glass with small bubble-like humps where the tires would meet the road and allow
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Figure 2

Fig. 1

cars to easily avoid hydroplaning, making driving in the rain safer. The layer under the surface is
made up of panels of LED lights and warming units that keep the panel above a temperature of
35 degrees Fahrenheit which stops snow from building up and making the surface slippery,
causing driving to be unsafe. The third layer is made up of the brains of the panel that has a
microprocessor that interacts with the nearby panels and controls the LED lights that lights up in
letters and words. The final layer is made up of recyclable materials that give the panel a solid
foundation to sit on ("Solar Roadways Presented by RK.").

Feedback
We received a low number of responses on our survey (See Appendix A), but we found it
to be very useful. Nicolas Moore said, this looks like an excellent way to solve several
problems. He adds that he would like to see widespread use of this. This tells us that there
could be more people who have similar views.
In order to get a more accurate description of the general publics opinion, we went
through the comments section of YouTube of the Solar Roadways video, "Solar FREAKIN'
Roadways!" to see what the general population thought of this technology. Since YouTube is
such a big medium for the public, there were thousands of reviewers weighing in with their
opinion. The general public is not an expert on the cost or efficiency of this product. They are,
however, the majority of people that will be using solar roads so this helps determine general
public opinion.
The reviews were mostly positive. People wanted to see solar roads in their own
backyards. Of course, there were also negative reviews. To avoid excessive detail, a couple of
concepts that were brought up continuously will be discussed. One concept of concern was the
ability of solar panels to handle the weight of multiple types of vehicles. If solar roads were
implemented into widespread use, there could potentially be millions of cars on them every day.
The company that currently owns Solar Roadways has tested how much weight one panel could
support. Their testing proved that solar roads can handle over 250,000 lbs. (Frequently Asked
Questions).
Another concern was the actual cost of putting solar roads throughout the United States.
According to what Scott Brusaw estimates, each square foot of solar roadway costs about $70
compared to about the $15 for normal asphalt roads. There is currently no solid data to create any
exact figure but some people have speculated that to cover all the roadways of the U.S., it would
require 56 Trillion Dollars (Solar Roadways Passes).

Conclusion
In conclusion, we see Solar Roadways as a great way for us to turn our dead-weight
roads into something that can be useful in more ways than one. Solar roads are a great solution
for our limiting amount of fossil fuels were using to produce electrical energy for the common
consumer.
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Appendix A
Department Questionnaire
This is the questionnaire that we sent to co-workers in the department who have similar interests
in this project:
Hello Fellow Classmates!
We have a survey for you today! It's super exciting and totally entertaining!
First, we would like for you to watch this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlTA3rnpgzU
And then tell us what you think about the idea. Whoever responds back with some great
feedback (really it's not hard), we'll supply you with some candy ;) ;) ;)
Here's an example:
"I would be interested to see this product widely used."
Or
"I don't like it."
Thats all we need, and whatever your response, youll be rewarded.
Please, send your responses to lina.dominguez@my.tccd.edu.
Thank you for your time!
Nicholas Moore response:
From the video, this looks like an excellent way to solve several problems. However, I
would have been more assured if the video had addressed some more likely potential
problems with these roadways (It felt more like an infomercial than a fact-based
presentation). I visited the FAQ section of their website and found much more useful
information. They acknowledged several issues I was concerned with, which makes me
more confident in this project. I would like to see widespread use of this once all the
issues have been worked out.
My only concern left is that it might be better to wait for advances in solar technology to
increase the possible energy output in solar panels. It seems like it would be a pain to
instal[sic] large amounts of these panels only to have them become obsolete and need
replacing by newer, more efficient panels.

Glossary
Environment: The conditions that surround someone or something: the conditions and
Influences that affect the growth, health, progress, etc., of someone or something
Fossil Fuel: A fuel (such as coal, oil, or natural gas) that is formed in the earth from dead plant
Or animal remains
Hydroplaning: To slide on a wet road because a thin layer of water on the road causes the
Tires to lose contact with it
Microchip: A group of tiny electronic circuits that work together on a small piece of hard
Material, such as silicon
Microprocessor: The device in a computer that manages information and controls what the
Computer does
Power Grid: A network of electrical transmission lines connecting a multiplicity of generating
Stations to loads over a wide area
Solar: produced by or using the sun's light or heat
Tempered: Brought to desired hardness or strength by heating and cooling

(All definitions were retrieved from the same source: Merriam-Webster.com)

Works Cited
"CLICK HERE to Support Solar Roadways." Indiegogo. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2015
"Frequently Asked Questions." Solar Roadways. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2015.
Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 19 Apr. 2015.
"Solar FREAKIN' Roadways!" YouTube. YouTube, 18 May 2014. Web. 13 Apr. 2015.
"The End Of Fossil Fuels." Our Green Energy. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2015.
"United States Census Bureau." Population Clock. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2015.
"U.S. Energy
Panel Picture: "Solar Freaking Roadways." Burners Me, Me Burners and The Man. N.p.,
23 May 2014. Web. 22 Apr. 2015.
Layers Picture: "Solar Roadways Presented by RK." Solar Roadways Presented by RK.
N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2015.
"Solar Roadways Passes $1.4 Million in Crowdfunding: Just Short of the $56 Trillion
Required, but Not Bad for a Crazy Idea | ExtremeTech." ExtremeTech. N.p., n.d.
Web. 01 May 2015.

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