Friday, April 22, 2011

Trees Demand Hug, RAAAAARGH


Earth Day today, although I couldn't tell it by looking outside; the day is what one might describe as "icky". In the spirit of the day, we need a green article, so here's one from Treehugger (run! Run, those trees have pointy and splintery arms of love!) concerning a brainstorm out of the Netherlands to embed solar panels in their roads. Not just off to the side; literally on the part your car will be driving on top of. Or at least your bike, for now.

It's still in the planning stages, but a test program is planned for the city of Krommenie, a bit outside of Amsterdam. How it's supposed to work is, first they lay down the asphalt, then a thin layer of solar cells, and then a layer of toughened glass. It's supposed to take in 50 kilowatt-hours per square meter per year.

Cross your fingers.

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