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Solar Roadways

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Started: 3/5/2016 Category: Technology
Updated: 11 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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mairavb

Pro

Hello
I am arguing for Solar Roadways in the United States, meaning, Should the U.S. replace regular roadways for Solar ones?

Round 1: Acceptance.
Round 2: Arguments
Round 3: Rebuttals
Round 4: Conclusion

Definition of Solar Roadway: Solar powered road panels that form a smart highway.
CJames

Con

I accept your challenge.
Debate Round No. 1
mairavb

Pro

mairavb forfeited this round.
CJames

Con

Simple reasoning behind not doing it.

1: Infrastructure costs, attempting this would cost the government nearly 26,000,000 per mile of construction, compared to 1,000,000 per mile of current roadway. At a total cost of over $68 Trillion USD, that is $68,000,000,000,000. Or roughly the entire national budget for almost 20 years.

2: The design is faulty : Glass and silicone are not capable of doing the job that is desired. The glass used can't be transparent enough, provide enough friction, and structurally sound enough, to handle the weight of vehicles, the effects of weather, debris, etc that normal roads see.

3: You could more cheaply build actual solar plants in every major metropolitan area of the US to provide better outcomes.
Debate Round No. 2
mairavb

Pro

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CJames

Con

My opponent has forfeited two rounds, and I have no arguments to rebut. ...
Debate Round No. 3
mairavb

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CJames

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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by V5RED 11 months ago
V5RED
Thunderf00t has done a few very thorough takedowns of the idea of solar roadways.

First, it makes no sense to put a solar panel on a surface that will be covered by cars during the day.

Second, flat solar panels are far less efficient than angled ones that track the sun.

Third, the materials they are proposing are unsuitable for making roads.

Fourth, the wear and tear on the material covering the solar panel will reduce its transparency thus reducing the energy generation.

Fifth, the roads will be absurdly expensive.

Sixth, 1-5 are solved by putting the solar panels beside the road or above the road(like a canopy) as opposed to under it.

Seventh, the LEDs they plan to use for road markings will not be visible during the day and may cost more energy than the panels will generate.

These are not all of his points, just the ones I remember. He provides ample evidence for all of his points. There is basically no defense for the idea of solar roadways.

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Posted by DynEco 11 months ago
DynEco
Should they? Yes.
Can they? Probably yes.
Will they? I doubt it. Probably no.
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