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Old Yesterday, 06:16 PM
 
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I understand your point, but reading thru the article - they have numerous issues regarding costs and design and it looks like it's over.

Nothing wrong with trying - unless they used public funds for this.

All of this stuff sounds great and utopian, until reality kicks in.
Yup that's what they said about sewer systems and such.
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Old Yesterday, 06:16 PM
 
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That's what people said about going to the Moon.

You learn a lot from attempting new things,and you can use those failures to build on for future successes, and use parts of the projects in different applications. So many inventions that we use in the modern world arose from the innovations for the NASA projects.
Nah, the concept was, is and always will be a boondoggle... solar roads make the neck basket look like a stroke of genius!!!
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Old Yesterday, 06:20 PM
 
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Growing pains.

Try and try again. We'll get there. This is part of the future, apparently, to cut down on greenhouse emissions and global warming.

This is very exciting. I wish I were younger, to see all the innovations that are going to be used for power.
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Old Yesterday, 06:29 PM
 
Location: the Sticks
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A lot of good Ideas are poorly implemented. At least in the beginning. That poor Coyote was always screwing it up.
Years ago making your home as airtight as possible was all the rage. Tivex on the outside, Plastic over the insulation on the inside. Foam around the windows and doors. Houses started to rot from the inside. Lessons learned houses need to breathe.

I would have made the shoulder of the road solar or middle.
Mall roof tops, parking lots etc. Between railroad tracks . Jesus I am no engineer, but can think of lots of places where they won't take any abuse at all.
Every military owned Golf Course should be converted into a solar farm.

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Old Yesterday, 06:34 PM
 
Location: the Sticks
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Yup that's what they said about sewer systems and such.
Agreed the idea is solid, the application is questionable.
Side walks? good.
mall roof tops. Good
Roof tops of Military barracks? Why not? Walking tracks? Why not.
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Old Yesterday, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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LOL... how would that work in heavy traffic? Or if there is an accident and cars are moving at 5mph to get around emergency vehicles?
That's what was once said about asphalt paving. No one ever believed it would replace cobblestones.

The thing I've come to learn is once any brand-new idea shows future potential, it will be explored until it either proves out or not. Sometimes the first new idea has to wait for some others behind it to catch up.

If electric cars are the future of the automobile, then it seems to me that electrified roadways will follow.

Once the road can keep the car's batteries charged, the car's range becomes limited only to how long the electric road is.

To me, that's a horse and cart thing. Once the horse exists, the cart will always follow, even if it takes a long time to figure out how to make good carts.
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Old Yesterday, 07:22 PM
 
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Hindenburg disaster kinda made people rethink hydrogen blimps.
Exactly. They didn't give up and stop using blimps, they switched to helium. Successful people welcome failure because it gives lessons on how to succeed in the next iteration.
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Old Yesterday, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Out West
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I suspect many 'firsts' failed at some level.

So do we just never try again?

Interesting philosophy.
I actually agree with you for a change. A lot of "firsts" are failures throughout history. With failure comes knowledge and how to improve to make things better - keeping in mind that the knowledge gained could also be that the attempt is not worth it.

Not that I am an advocate for solar roads, but there's nothing to mock here. First failures are not unusual.

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Solar is not an efficient form of energy production. It takes up way too much space for a small amount of energy to be produced. People just like the idea of solar since they assume that it's "free" energy, forgetting that solar panels and infrastructure use resources and contribute to carbon output.

Nuclear is by far the cleanest and most efficient energy source that we have today but people are scared of it.
Yep.
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Old Yesterday, 07:29 PM
 
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But with solar power we get to deforest the countryside. So it's a win-win.
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Old Yesterday, 07:59 PM
 
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Solar is not an efficient form of energy production. It takes up way too much space for a small amount of energy to be produced. People just like the idea of solar since they assume that it's "free" energy, forgetting that solar panels and infrastructure use resources and contribute to carbon output.

Nuclear is by far the cleanest and most efficient energy source that we have today but people are scared of it.
Some tyoe of gravity control would actually be the most efficient, but its easy to see, why no one would want that to ever succeed!
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