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Before we decide to relay all the asphalt roads, or redo our
infrastructure in the US, perhaps you should evaluate the
potential for laying a pyroelectric layer so that when those
roads heat up they generate electricity and thereby pay for
I don't know what this has to do with anything...
[xandram, Aug 17 2011]
Not the article I read, but the same thing. A little light on the science, no mention of any implementation. [Alterother, Aug 17 2011]
Strain and Spin Makes for Ultralow Energy Computing
Traffic driving over strain gauges could also make computers as well, perhaps. [quantum_flux, Aug 19 2011]
||Or possibly 'pyroelectric'. Or, perhaps, 'thermoelectric', which might even be relevant to the situation [q_f] describes.
(oops, I didn't read [lurch]'s anno) but I found a pyroelectro link.
||Either PopMech or PopSci floated a proposal a few years
back about piezo-sidewalks at busy intersections to power
the streetlights and traffic signals. The article said that
one city in the US was giving serious thought to the idea; I
think it was Philly. I'll link later if I find it.
||Spelling Corrected, it's Pyroelectric, sorry
||No need to apologize, he's dead.
||In an airplane accident, so maybe he should have had a road take him home.
||Before the name change I was looking forward to all of the street signs rendered in pieroglyphics.