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PostSubject: Solar Freakin' Roadways   May 23rd 2014, 2:58 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Solar Freakin' Roadways   May 23rd 2014, 5:23 pm

Innovative, grass roots, like it.

Would like to see a cost benefit analysis. Per square foot the cost to implement versus asphalt or concrete and the return on investment. Is it 24 months, 5 years, 10 years.

Other area of interest would be durability, comparison of traction in various weather conditions.
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PostSubject: Re: Solar Freakin' Roadways   May 24th 2014, 12:15 am

Don't see it working in the north.
Snow plows are terrible on the roads let alone the salt.
Yeah I know they are claiming it will self melt but when it doesn't out come the plows.

We'd be farther ahead to cover all roof tops in solar panels, IMO. Infrastructure is already there.
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PostSubject: Re: Solar Freakin' Roadways   May 25th 2014, 1:26 pm

Main difference is public money versus private money.  Recent history indicates public money is easier to come by when talking in terms of the scale referenced.
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PostSubject: Re: Solar Freakin' Roadways   May 25th 2014, 1:48 pm

Seems to me that tweaking (sure hope I used the correct word....spelled properly Wink)
the technology would allow reverse use, like a thermocouple, and could be used to warm the road up there in the frozen tundra.

The problem with using public money is that history clearly shows us that the concept, even if it does work,
will cost more than if done privately.
And there is the not inconsiderable matter of confiscating said dollars from people to finance it.
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PostSubject: Re: Solar Freakin' Roadways   May 25th 2014, 5:22 pm

I'm thinking cost and some serious durability testing in all different climates could make or break this. And I'm not sold on the traction it can provide in slippery conditions.
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PostSubject: Re: Solar Freakin' Roadways   May 26th 2014, 12:17 pm

We used to be relatively good at using public money as an investment into infrastructure that would return the benefit to the people via private sector profitability. Today we don't have a good track record, as it seems what's sold to us as public investment, is simply a big money give away to those connected.
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