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    sooo.... my roads are covered in snow right now. Glass is slippery, snow blocks light. Sounds like a lose/lose situation here in WI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popsaregood230 View Post
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    What about Semi-Trucks? Gonna have to handle them. And oversize loads. Be some hardcore glass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gloomrender View Post
    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
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    Not to mention when it rains it can't be slippery as fuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seriousbisnis View Post
    Not to mention when it rains it can't be slippery as fuck.
    Dimples in the glass solve that problem.
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    Will the glass reflect sun into your eyes xpipher answer plz
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    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.
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    i think we could dig up some grueling shit if you start looking into the asphalt/transportation industry specifically :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by popsaregood230 View Post
    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.

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    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]
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    Quote Originally Posted by popsaregood230 View Post
    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?
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