Want to get excited about something and forget that softball game? This should do the trick if you have any inclination toward eco-friendly science, engineering and/or technology. This "mom & pop" company has been researching solar cell-embedded roadways: but not just that: they are heated (no now removal), have leds (no painting lines), pressure sensors to detect objects on the road and can direct & filter storm water run off.
Pretty exciting IMO, but they don't have quotes for installation per hex-cell or per mile. I'm not positive about this, but highways cost approx. $1M/mile and I'd have to think these would be cost prohibitive. However, not needing snow removal, paint and of course the electricity generation could defray that cost, in addition to the economy of scale production effeciency should these explode. I'd love to hear the engineers on the board chime in here.
They are crowd souring this to avoid investor influence that may push production and manufacturing overseas b/c 'Merica! Link & Video:
No arrests were made and I thought it would be great to just have happy news.
The car will go 105 mph which I think is pretty cool for an electric car that is charged by the sun.
So, suppose you were an engineering student at Michigan or any other selective engineering school. CE, EE, ME, automotive, manufacturing, design, ChemE, Environmental, any sub field at all.
What engineering/applied science -type people or organizations would you follow on Twitter and/or Facebook? I'm thinking internship info, job info, career info, academic info and funny stuff (engineering & science related).
Thanks for the help!
Norway is going to build a shipping lane by tunneling under a mountain.
Completely off topic, but since this board is full of engineery-types and their fans, I thought it might be of some interest. Also to provide a light break in the ongoing manhunt coverage.
Ship canals have long been used to make journeys more direct and safer but the Stad peninsula is a mountainous divide, peaking at 645m, between the Norwegian Sea to the north and the North Sea to the south.
Instead of carving out a slice of the landscape for a canal, engineers will drill and blast through the rock at sea level before removing the dams so the sea can flood a 12m (39ft) deep channel for ships to travel in.
As topic says. Anyone in the MGoWorld part of this? I'm impressed. Link.
The design expo for Michigan Engineering is being held today to showcase the cool projects the engineering seniors have been working on this semester/year.
The Michigan Engineering facebook page is having a contest between the group's videos for a prize of $500. The video with the most "likes" wins!
Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/michigan.engineering or come by the Duderstadt/Pierpont today until 4 PM!
Shameless self promotion plug: vote for this one in particular!!