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Kusghuul
01-30-2011, 18:35
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2010-09/24/solar-roadways

I'm intrigued!

popsaregood230
01-30-2011, 19:07
sooo.... my roads are covered in snow right now. Glass is slippery, snow blocks light. Sounds like a lose/lose situation here in WI.

Kusghuul
01-30-2011, 19:20
sooo.... my roads are covered in snow right now. Glass is slippery, snow blocks light. Sounds like a lose/lose situation here in WI.

Ah, but the idea is that solar energy could be used to heat the snow and melt it.

popsaregood230
01-30-2011, 19:28
Well butter my flapjacks and call me gertrude. The thing that would impress me the most about it is how suddenly high tech our society would look.

zato`1
01-30-2011, 21:25
yeah melting the snow would be fucking win, but the numerous problems with a slick driving surface all the time will rear its head no matter what you do. asphalt has been used in roads because it provides the most grip/surface area ratio for a reasonable cost. this "glass" would have to be both hard enough to sustain the weight of the vehicles, as well as be soft enough that it can have grooves/ridges for tires, that wont lacerate them.

seems like a pretty impossible project but id be very interested to see him pull it off, something lkie that achieved on a massive scale would help shepherd in a new era of technology.

xpiher
01-30-2011, 21:32
You can create friction with glass through the use of dimples that are built directly into the glass. I'm not sure which way would be the best for traction (toward the driver or away) but it would create the necessary friction for tire traction.

As to the snow problem, small amounts of the electricity could be used to melt the snow and keep the panels hot enough to prevent freezing. Salt would lower the amount of energy needed to keep the panels from freezing.

This is a great idea. Hopefully he gets the funding.

Gloomrender
01-30-2011, 21:38
What about Semi-Trucks? Gonna have to handle them. And oversize loads. Be some hardcore glass.

xpiher
01-30-2011, 21:39
What about Semi-Trucks? Gonna have to handle them. And oversize loads. Be some hardcore glass.

Thats what they are researching. Super glass does exist, it just needs to be a little more super ;)

Seriousbisnis
01-30-2011, 21:42
Not to mention when it rains it can't be slippery as fuck.

xpiher
01-30-2011, 21:43
Not to mention when it rains it can't be slippery as fuck.

Dimples in the glass solve that problem.

popsaregood230
01-30-2011, 21:44
Will the glass reflect sun into your eyes xpipher answer plz

radicalhit
01-30-2011, 21:44
You guys are thinking too far. This project at best is going to see very limited testing before funding is stopped and it is completely forgotten.

Corporations arent just gonna let competition stay. If they did, they wouldnt be around.

zato`1
01-30-2011, 21:53
i think we could dig up some grueling shit if you start looking into the asphalt/transportation industry specifically :P

Ragnarok Delrhe
01-30-2011, 23:29
sooo.... my roads are covered in snow right now. Glass is slippery, snow blocks light. Sounds like a lose/lose situation here in WI.

glass isnt that slippery unless it has liquid on it.


Ah, but the idea is that solar energy could be used to heat the snow and melt it.

dont need to. Cars do that by themselves.


seems like a pretty impossible project but id be very interested to see him pull it off, something lkie that achieved on a massive scale would help shepherd in a new era of technology. I totally quote the wrong thing anyaway... there is glass capable of resisting very big impacts already. I dont know about weight though.


U.S. military researchers are developing a new class of transparent armour incorporating aluminium oxynitride (Trade name: ALON) as the outside "strike plate" layer. It is much lighter and performs much better than traditional glass/polymer laminates. Aluminium oxynitride "glass" can defeat threats like the .50 caliber armor piercing rounds using material that is not prohibitively heavy.[1]

xpiher
01-31-2011, 01:26
Will the glass reflect sun into your eyes xpipher answer plz

I know you are being sarcastic here, but its not infeasible. Maybe the solar panels could be made with the same type of material that is used for tinted windows or transition lenses?

Kusghuul
01-31-2011, 13:14
dont need to. Cars do that by themselves.


You, sir, know nothing of driving during winter in cold climates. Why do you think we salt, use grit, use snowtrucks etc? Because the snow doesn't melt in cold climates.

88Chaz88
01-31-2011, 14:11
You, sir, know nothing of driving during winter in cold climates. Why do you think we salt, use grit, use snowtrucks etc? Because the snow doesn't melt in cold climates.

You'd have thought he'd know this coming from Canada.

Kusghuul
01-31-2011, 14:14
You'd have thought he'd know this coming from Canada.

Odd you didn't blurt it out, living in Sudan and all. Even if you now say the UK, we know you're somewhere outside Darfur.

88Chaz88
01-31-2011, 14:18
Odd you didn't blurt it out, living in Sudan and all. Even if you now say the UK, we know you're somewhere outside Darfur.

That's because I know snow is a myth created by western imperialism to keep the natives from immigrating.

Abaratican
01-31-2011, 16:45
On a glass road, potholes become flat tires.