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Exciting developments!

Somebody just pointed me at the inexpressibly cool idea that SolarRoadways has just proposed: replacing all of our petroleum-based, only-intended-to-last-7-years asphalt roadways with solar panels intended to last at least 21 years! You wouldn't have to worry about ice or snow. They'd absorb, store, and naturally distribute 3x as much power as the country currently uses in a year! You could charge up your electric vehicle while driving or while it's sitting in a parking lot. There's a great summary and video here. It references this stunning quote (see the New York Times article):

"I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that." - Thomas Edison, 1931
I love the growing sense that our country is on the cusp of a major energy and technology transition and that I will (God willing) be alive to see it happen and actively participate in it. The recent economic upheavals have begun to pave the way for new technologies, new professions, new ideas, and new jobs. I mean, I install Firefox plugins that allow my web browser to do all sorts of cool things that the original designers probably never even conceived of. Can you imagine what sorts of widgets and plugins you could write for electronic, self-powering roadways and the vehicles that travel on them? Of course, the door is opened to all sorts of new ways to misuse it as well...but the possibilities are very exciting! :)

Comments

Boy...that's...like the coolest thing ever. Wow.
ZOMG. I have been saying for twenty years that we needed electrified roads to deal with the snow and ice, but I didn't know how to make them cost effective. I see now that I was thinking too small. This is the coolest thing I have seen in my lifetime, with possible exception of the first moon landing. Oh, I hope they can figure out how to afford this without taxing us all to death. Thank you for pointing this out.