Comments on Use Roads As Solar Energy Collectors
Interesting system started out as a study on how to make roads more sustainable, with less maintenance. Passive solar heating is a bonus (other examples also covered). (Read
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|"Long time ago Analog carries a short story that had a similar invention. Written in the days when Japan was wiping the floor with American maufacturer, a Japanese businessman was feeding humble pie to a CEO.
His engineers developed a cheap solar collector that was durable enough to apply to roads. In essence the highways became giant collector grids. Cars tapped into the power using induction coils.
Happy ending: American fed the humble pie back to his competitor.
( 1/4/2008 7:51:33 AM)
|"Larry Niven also had the idea for a 'sprayable' solar collection device; he called it 'black power.' There is actually a prototype for a sprayable plastic composite that can collect as much as 30 percent of the solar energy incident to the surface; see Niven's Black Power Now Available in Infrared."
(Bill Christensen 1/5/2008 7:55:03 PM)
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