The support system for a typical State highway network contains a variety of energy users, ranging from large tunnel and bridge operations, rest areas and maintenance facilities to small items of roadside hardware. Today, only a handful of these are potential candidates for use with an alternative energy source. The cost of conventional fuels is increasing steadily and rapidly, however, while the relative cost of alternative sources is decreasing, improvements in technology and increased stability and efficiency in manufacture and supply indicate that this trend will continue, bringing many more potential applications in the range of serious consideration. A highway engineer considering an alternative energy source for an upcoming project probably does not have a background in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning or electrical engineering, but with overall responsibility for the project needs to determine quickly whether or not an alternative energy source is cost-effective. If it is cost-effective, he would then need to know the design process and terminology to supervise the designer's work. The guide meets these needs, and in addition, offers a selected bibliography of published informaiton, a listing of persons with experience in this area, and a selection of actual case studies of highway agencies that have used alternative energy sources successfully. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Eilers, M F
    • Laughland, J C
  • Publication Date: 1980-1

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 151 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319318
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-TS-80-212
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1980 12:00AM