An ambitious solar heating project may keep roads perpetually free from thick snow.

Rajib Mallick, associate professor of environmental engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute proposes a potential way of keeping roads and major thoroughfares free from snow by embedding them with pipes filled with freeze-resistant fluids, which that be heated by the sun and stored in an insulated chamber. The concept is estimated to cost about $12,500 for every 164 feet of pipe and should be able to recoup its costs after six months.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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