jamesn Wrote: Incredible idea? Definitely.
Soon? No chance.
Remember about 50-60 years ago we were told we would all be driving flying cars? How's THAT working out?
We are always being told about great and wonderful things which will transform our lives and make things so much better. Some happen. Many do not.
Just today we are told that comsumption of red wine and chocolate really don't help our heart health. Just another example of science saying "OOOOPS...NEVER MIND." And it happens all the time.
Maybe the solar highway will happen, and if it DOES happen I hope it is as good as advertised. I'm not holding my breath.
Flying cars for everyone may happen first.
jamesn Wrote: You say you ..."never saw a flying car back in the day"... but you should study up a little.
In 1949 a company was building the Aerocar and it worked. They were never mass produced but they made six of them and one was still flying as of 2008. There are still a few around today, at least one in the museum in Oshkosh Wisconsin, and they are collectors items, probably worth big money.
I just googled flying car and it's there. Wikipedia also references several ideas that we were told is coming such as flying cars, moon colonies, zero gravity boots, personal robots, personal jet packs, and there are probably plenty more.
Some of these ideas are real, just not practical, for one reason or another.
The fact that the solar highway technology exists does not mean it will happen.
Google "Aerocar flying car".
There are lots of flying cars in the last few years, but I'm still waiting for everyone to have on in their garage.
jamesn Wrote: Maybe there will be so much cheap and plentiful electricity generated by the "solar highways" that the electricity will be "Too cheap to meter".
"Too cheap to meter" is exactly what they said about power generated by nuclear power plants back in their early days. There was going to be so much electricity for everyone that it would not be cost-worthy to mount meters on houses.
Big promises are frequently made and many times those promises do not materialize.
jamesn Wrote: Schmidt you say that ..."The words "too cheap to meter" are your words along with "big promises"." Not exactly.
The phrase "too cheap to meter" was part of a speech given by Lewis L. Strauss on Sept 16, 1954. He was a former Navy officer who was appointed CHAIRMAN OF THE US ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION in 1953 by President Eisenhower.
"Our children will enjoy in their homes electrical energy too cheap to meter..." That's what HE said.
Electricity was going to be so cheap and plentiful that it would not be cost effective to have a meter installed on our houses.
Of course, we know that there is no such thing as a free lunch. But it sure sounded good at the time, didn't it?
I agree with you that the solar highway concept has potential. History is full of examples of potentially promising technologies, and some of them do completely transform our lives like personal computers. Some, like electricity that would be "too cheap to meter" never really happened.
In the article I don't see much talk of the cost of these solar highways, other than the phrase ..."not cheap when done correctly"... So, before getting my hopes up, I'd want to see more specifics on the costs, and one thing we know for sure--when government gives cost estimates, they are frequently wrong. WAY WRONG.
I would love to think that we will all be driving on solar highways, and parking on solar parking lots which generate electricity which would be "too cheap to meter", but we've heard that before, haven't we?