Powered by hot roads
The Gainesville Sun/Associated Press, January 1, 2008

"A Dutch company is now siphoning heat from roads and parking lots to
heat homes and offices.

Solar energy collected from a 200-yard stretch of road and a small
parking lot helps heat a 70-unit four-story apartment building in the
village of Avenhorn. An industrial park of some 160,000 square feet in
the nearby city of Hoorn is kept warm in winter with the help of heat
stored during the summer from 36,000 square feet of pavement. The
runways of a Dutch air force base in the south supply heat for its hangar.

And all that under normally cloudy Dutch skies, with only a few days a
year of truly sweltering temperatures.

The Road Energy System is one of the more unusual ways scientists and
engineers are trying to harness the power of the sun, the single most
plentiful, reliable, accessible and inexhaustible source of renewable
energy - radiating to earth more watts in one hour than the world can
use in a whole year."

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