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Old 02-02-2019, 09:14 AM   #41
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Putting solar in road surfaces - maybe I am missing something but I could never see how that's a good place. Sounds like one of those razzle dazzle things that some clever entrepreneur will use to snag some silly venture capitalist, and waste some investor's money, and never go anywhere.

Mechanical stress (obvious)
LOTO to fix potholes
Road salt + electricity seems like a bad idea
Roads need to be resurfaced more frequently than solar panels need to be replaced
Roads are flat not angled toward the sun
Roads are not raised so that snow melts off them faster

Now solar in the median strips, the right of ways outside the shoulder of the road, railroad right of ways - I can see this kind of thing.
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Old 02-02-2019, 09:39 AM   #42
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I hate shoveling snow

So one year I had this great idea to clear the driveway with hose hooked up to hot water.

Got rid of the snow!

Got a skating rink at end of the process. Lol

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I hate shoveling snow

So one year I had this great idea to clear the driveway with hose hooked up to hot water.

Got rid of the snow!

Got a skating rink at end of the process. Lol

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Old 02-02-2019, 09:52 AM   #44
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Double down. A few of my customers have radiant heating in their sidewalks and driveways. Runs off a regular water heater.

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Got rid of the snow!

Got a skating rink at end of the process. Lol
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Nuclear is the only viable source if we want to sustain current output beyond fossil fuels. Otherwise, we need to drastically reduce consumption if other technologies are to provide out energy.
"Peak oil" has been debunked, it was just a ploy of the global warming/climate change alarmists.
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"Peak oil" has been debunked, it was just a ploy of the global warming/climate change alarmists.
Maybe. But unless there is a source of oil produced in the Earth, we WILL eventually run out.
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Start building things to an energy efficiency standard similar to the Passivehaus or Swiss MINERGIE-P standards. Increased use of geothermal for heating and cooling. And as others have said, a mix of solar and wind for electrical, especially as more efficient technologies are developed for storing that energy.

Has anyone read about this yet?
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Start building things to an energy efficiency standard similar to the Passivehaus or Swiss MINERGIE-P standards. Increased use of geothermal for heating and cooling. And as others have said, a mix of solar and wind for electrical, especially as more efficient technologies are developed for storing that energy.

Has anyone read about this yet?
https://interestingengineering.com/s...-than-a-decade
Now how will any of that continue to make the rich oil and coal industry thrive! Lol
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Maybe. But unless there is a source of oil produced in the Earth, we WILL eventually run out.
I had high hopes that thing with the Mayans in 2012 would get us off the hook
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I live in oil country, we're gonna smoke it while we got it.
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I live in oil country, we're gonna smoke it while we got it.
Oil is way too valuable to just burn in an engine. It isn't that we would be out of fuel without oil. We'd be out of everything else too. Plastic, lubricants, asphalt, tires, paint. The list is endless.
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Dave Jones at EEVBlog and Thuderfoot do a good job busting the solar freakin roadways. Here's one example:
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Fug 'em all ... just burn wood. Nice heat, and a renewable resource
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