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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-10-0024
Project Name:   Roadway Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Generation and Distribution System Towards Energy-Plus Roadways
Project Status:   Completed
Start Date:  April 13, 2010
End Date:  December 31, 2014
Contact Information
Last Name:  Weaver
First Name:  Eric J
Telephone:  202-493-3153
E-mail:  eric.weaver@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Team:   Infrastructure Analysis and Construction Team [HRDI-20]
Program:   Exploratory Advanced Research
Project detail
Roadmap/Focus area(s):   Infrastructure Research and Technology Strategic Plan and Roadmap
Project Description:   The aim of this project is to develop a novel Roadway Wind/Solar Hybrid Power Generation and Distribution System (RHPS) towards energy-plus roadways, where energy-plus stands for annual energy consumption that is less than production. The RHPS would be a low footprint, intelligent, and multilayer power system designed for integration into urban and suburban areas, which reduces the need for new distribution networks. The RHPS represents a dramatic change in the role of the public right-of-way from an energy consumer to an energy producer, and therefore will aid in reducing transportation system operating costs.
Goals:   The key project objective is to research and develop technology that could lead to transformational changes in the way that the public right-of-way is used to harvest and utilize renewable energy.
Background Information:   Project submitted in response to a fiscal year 2007 Exploratory Advanced Research Program Broad Agency Announcement Topic 3C: New Technologies for Renewable Energy Generation in the Public Right-of-Way.
More Information URL(s):  
  1. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/advancedresearch/pubs/12063/12063.pdf
Field Test:   A field testbed location will be identified, established, and evaluated.
Product Type:   Research report
Test Methodology:   The test approach is a combination of mathematical energy and system modeling with full-scale demonstration prototype and monitoring of public reaction.
Other Information:   The project will be conducted in┬áthree distinct 12-month phases.
Partners:   Federal Highway Administration: Office of Research, Development, and Technology; Role(s): Advisory
Expected Benefits:   A determination of the feasibility of implementing the technology in terms of cost/benefit ratio.
Deliverables: Name: Phase I Technical Report.
Product Type(s): Research report
Description: This product contains progress made during phase I of the project; primarily literature review, analytical modeling of electrical generation from wind turbines, photovoltaic technologies, and related connective circuitry and control.
Related URL(s):   http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://energyplusroadways.unl.edu/info.php?section=overview
FHWA Topics:   Research/Technologies--FHWA Research and Technology
TRT Terms:   Solar Energy
Right of Way
FHWA Disciplines:   Environment
Subject Areas:   Energy


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