Solar-Charged Roads Vs Snow Drifts

As the Northeast braces for more snow, we note that scientists at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have proposed a solar-charged solution to snow build up on roads: embed them with pipes filled with freeze-resistant fluids that are heated by the sun. The estimated cost would be about $12,500 for every 164 feet of pipe, but based on the cost of current snow removal methods (plows, salt, man hours, etc…), the researchers say the solar-charged road would recoup in six months.

[Source: PSFK, DVice]

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