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am_Unition  ·  769 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Water is wet, fire is hot and the Solar Roadway is a complete disaster

Credit where credit is due. Noice.

Consider also the engineering challenges of developing a product meant to function very remotely but still very much in the public realm. Make sure people can't steal your trade secrets, make sure there aren't any security vulnerabilities. Maybe a quick analysis shows it's most cost-effective to include a massive surveillance system for the first decade of solar roadway attempts. Certainly for now, while there are still "cords".

The need to consolidate our different infrastructures like this depends on the demands of civilization and the competing technologies. If we can get fusion going, there's going to be much less of a need to make the world a solar panel. I think it's probably 35 years or so before we have a distributable product. I wonder if we'll end up covering enough of the Earth's surface with panels to make a measurable offset in the current warming trends in the meantime. Doubtful.

Odder  ·  769 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    If we can get fusion going, there's going to be much less of a need to make the world a solar panel.

I don't know if that's true. I don't think we're ever going to have one primary from of energy generation again, unless we build an electron pump or something. It's a lot harder to get a fusion reactor built than a solar panel or a wind turbine, and people aren't about to install a fusion reactor in their house in the same way they can put solar panel on their roof or a turbine in their backyard.

Plus, we aren't out of the woods as far as "is this even possible" with self-sustaining fusion yet, so I'd like to hope that the survival of our civilization doesn't depend on it ;).

am_Unition  ·  769 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I believe it to be only a matter of time/money:


bioemerl  ·  769 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Solar roadways is an absolutely bad concept, there is no "learning" to do to make them work. They will always just suck.