A Dutch civil engineering company has designed a heat-absorbing road that bridges winter and summer.
The Road Energy System, from Ooms Avenhorn Holding, is essentially an asphalt road with tubes placed underneath. Water circulates to siphon off the heat from the road and it is stored underground for several months.
The heated road, sort of like radiant floor heating in a home, was originally conceived as a way to melt ice from roads without heavy salting.
Now, with growing interest in renewable forms of energy, the system can also be used to heat and cool homes while reducing greenhouse gas … Read more