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Project ID:FHWA-PROJ-10-0024
Project Name: Roadway Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Generation and Distribution System Towards Energy-Plus Roadways
Status: Active
Contact:
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
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.
Start Date: April 13, 2010
End Date: July 31, 2014
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.
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 three distinct 12-month phases.
Partners: Federal Highway Administration: Office of Research, Development, and Technology; Role(s): Advisory
Fieldtest:A field test bed location will be identified, established, and evaluated.
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.
Keywords: Solar Energy
Infrastructure
Research
Pavements
Roads
Right of Way
Subject Areas: Energy
Research