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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:04 am    Post subject: solar freaking roadways Reply with quote

http://www.handimania.com/tv/solar-freakin-roadways.html

Hmmm...no mention of the downsides. Funny, that.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You beat me to it - interesting video that I was just about to post. Smile

Interested to hear folks opinions.....
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a bit of a silly pipe-dream towards techie-based BAU. It's not as if we've run out of roof space yet - and you don't need to make them strong enough to drive on when they're on a roof.

Conclusion: It will never happen.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Far too expensive. Won't happen.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much are they?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

snow hope wrote:
How much are they?


Don't know but several multiples of tarmac or concrete!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UndercoverElephant wrote:
snow hope wrote:
How much are they?


Don't know but several multiples of tarmac or concrete!


That sounds like a guess.....
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

snow hope wrote:
UndercoverElephant wrote:
snow hope wrote:
How much are they?


Don't know but several multiples of tarmac or concrete!


That sounds like a guess.....


Yes, it's a guess. But surely you don't need to be Einstein to work out that a road made of hexagonal solar panels made from recycled glass and various electronic components is going to cost several times more than a similar-sized lump of concrete/tarmac? One might argue that the long-term benefits would eventually mean it pays for itself, but who, in that case, provides the up-front investment??
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The extraordinary thing is that some people actually took the solar freaking roadways video seriously, rather than as the joke it was. It demonstrates the propensity to believe what is convenient.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I take it you mean it's a joke in the way fracking is a joke, Biff? Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh that's a different sort of joke. Solar Freaking Roadways is a spoof.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

biffvernon wrote:
Oh that's a different sort of joke. Solar Freaking Roadways is a spoof.


I was thinking role of 'finance' in both schemes.
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