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Roadway Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Generation and Distribution System Towards Energy-Plus Roadways

Project Information

Project ID: 
FHWA-PROJ-10-0024
Project Status: 
Completed
Start Date: 
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
End Date: 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
FHWA Program: 
Exploratory Advanced Research
FHWA Subprogram: 
New Technology and Advanced Policies for Energy and Resource Conservation
FHWA Topics: 
Research/Technologies--FHWA Research and Technology
TRT Terms: 
Solar Energy; Infrastructure; Research; Pavements; Roads; Right of Way
FHWA Discipline: 
Environment
TRB Subject Area: 
Energy, Research

Contact Information

First Name: 
Katherine
Last Name: 
Petros
Telephone: 
(202) 493-3154
Email Address: 
Team: 
Infrastructure Analysis and Construction Team
Office:
Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Office Code: 
HRDI-20

Project Details

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.

Partners and Other Sponsor/Managing/Performing Organizations: 
Organization Role: 
Partner: Advisory

Deliverables

Deliverable Name: 
Phase I Technical Report
Deliverable Type: 
Technical report
Deliverable 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.