Ecomagination Challenge

Round 2 of GE's Ecomagination Challenge is complete.

Final standings (midnight March 15th EST):
1st place: 540 supporters - SOLAR ROADWAYS HOME APPLICATION
2nd place: 334 supporters - Lowcost Linear Fresnel PV Concentrator
3rd place: 279 supporters - Sunnovations | A Revolution in Solar Hot Water

In addition, Solar Roadways finished with the highest number of comments (386), just six more than the nearest competitor! Thank you everyone!!!

GE announced their winners in June 2011. Unfortunately, they chose ideas that had virtually nothing to do with their theme of "Powering the Home". The winners can be seen here: GE Round 2 Winners

On the afternoon of July 6, 2011, YERT's Solar Roadways video passed one million views: Solar Roadways: The Prototype
We're now sitting at 1,034,513 views

This YERT video is featured in their full-length documentary, now being screened across the U.S. For a screening or presentation near you, click on the following "YERT plate": YERT

Our TEDx Talk video has passed 9500 views: The Promise of Solar Roadways

We entered Round 2 on January 20th and immediately took first place. We remained there until the end of the contest on March 15th. During this time, we received 16,903 visits from 130 different countries/territories. Listed in order of frequency:
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, India, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Australia, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Poland, France, Sweden, Portugal, Turkey, South Africa, Mexico, Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania, Japan, Brazil, Philippines, Greece, China, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, Russia, Malaysia, Singapore, Pakistan, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, Czech Republic, Austria, Iran, Thailand, Finland, Hungary, Slovenia, Colombia, Ukraine, Taiwan, Egypt, Argentina, Lithuania, Saudi Arabia, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, Lebanon, Latvia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Croatia, Chile, Jordon, Nepal, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Kenya, Ghana, Kuwait, Bahamas, Iceland, Ecuador, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Qatar, Nigeria, Barbados, Uganda, Uruguay, Cyprus, Peru, Mauritius, Georgia, Sudan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Faroe Islands, Sri Lanka, Dominican Republic, Kazakhstan, Estonia, Morocco, Malta, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Iraq, Syria, Palestinian Territories, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Greenland, Bahrain, Oman, Guatemala, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Guam, Tunisia, Bermuda, Netherlands Antilles, Macedonia, Angola, Afghanistan, Senegal, Botswana, Zimbabwe, French Polynesia, Guernsey, Fiji, Guinea-Bissau, Reunion, Aruba, Ethiopia, Bolivia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, El Salvador, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Isle of Man, Albania, Yemen
Thank you everyone once again for all of your support!

Voting in Round 2 ran from January 18th to March 15th, but you can still vote and leave comments if you'd like

Our ultimate goal is to replace all asphalt and concrete surfaces with structurally engineered solar panels that can be driven upon. Doing so could produce three times more power than we've ever used and provide us the opportunity to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels.

Driveways, sidewalks, patios, walkways, pool decks, etc., can all be covered with the smaller version of the Solar Road Panels. If enough surface area is available (and exposed to the sun), a home can go completely off-grid. If not, it can certainly put a dent in it's energy bill!

Powering Your Home
Click the logo to see our entry. Please click "SUPPORT THIS IDEA" while you're there. Thanks!

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The results of Round 1:

EG Ecomagination

Solar Roadways Shifts into Drive with First Challenge Award

October 7th - Out of 3795 ideas submitted to the GE Ecomagination Challenge, Solar Roadways earned the largest amount of public votes, qualifying as the winner of the $50,000 award! Thank you so much to our friends, fans, and supporters for all of your votes and encouragement - may God bless you all as He has blessed us!

We monitor our website with Google Analytics. From the time we entered the GE Ecomagination Challenge on July 16th to the end of the voting on September 30th, we had 46,536 visits to our website from 144 countries. We've listed them in order of frequency:

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Spain, Italy, Germany, India, Netherlands, France, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Turkey, New Zealand, South Africa, Portugal, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, South Korea, Chile, Israel, Finland, Philippines, Denmark, China, Argentina, Ireland, Serbia, Malaysia, Croatia, Singapore, Lithuania, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Thailand, Colombia, Romania, Guatemala, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Russia, Austria, Taiwan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Bahrain, Peru, Slovenia, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Bermuda, Belarus, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Ukraine, Uruguay, Panama, Ecuador, Kuwait, Slovakia, Trinidad and Tobago, Vietnam, Iceland, Iran, Egypt, Latvia, Iraq, Dominican Republic, Luxembourg, Malta, Oman, Estonia, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Bolivia, Bahamas, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, Ghana, Macedonia, Cote d'lvoire, Qatar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Morocco, Moldova, Jersey, Albania, Tunisia, Jordan, Cyprus, Barbados, Honduras, El Salvador, Lebanon, Mauritius, Netherlands Antilles, Angola, U.S. Virgin Islands, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Nepal, Georgia, Paraguay, Guyana, Botswana, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh, Haiti, New Caledonia, Mali, Syria, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Brunei, Myanmar (Burma), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Algeria, Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Mozambique, Congo, Zimbabwe, Yemen, Lesotho, Reunion, Cuba, Uganda, British Virgin Islands, Micronesia, Andorra, Libya, Palestinian Territories, Ethiopia, Mongolia, and Leichtenstein.

Thank you to all of our supporters for all around the world. Hopefully, we can all work together to make the world a better place with our Solar Roadways!

We entered Solar Roadways into GE's Ecomagination Challenge: a $200 million innovation experiment where businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and students share their best ideas on how to build the next-generation power grid - and just might get funded.

We thank all of our fans for the great support you've offered us throughout this contest. We're truly blessed to have so many friends!

Our three Round 1 entries were:

Solar Roadways
Create Power (Renewables) - Our goal is to provide more clean energy than we can use by retrofitting roads, parking lots, etc., with structurally-engineered recyclable solar panels that are driven upon. This reduces greenhouse gases, creates countless green jobs, and eliminates dependence on oil by allowing electric vehicles to recharge virtually anywhere.

Solar Roadways - the ultimate Smart Grid
Connect Power (Grid Efficiency) - Our goal is to replace current roads and parking lots with structurally engineered solar panels which are driven upon, resulting in an intelligent, decentralized, secure, self-healing smart grid, which provides clean energy generation and distribution. This will prevent power outages, allow real time monitoring, and enhance national security.

Solar Roadways, parking lots, playgrounds, driveways, bike paths, sidewalks...
Use Power (Eco Homes/Buildings) - Retrofitting parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths and playgrounds with structurally-engineered Solar Road Panels allows businesses, homes and schools to produce their own clean renewable energy, and connect to the Solar Roadways grid. Embedded heating elements prevent snow accumulation and LEDs will "paint" customizable lines, words and sports courts.

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