Sunday, May 19, 2013
the staycation, part 2 (our little trip to titusville and the space coast)
On the way south from the Kennedy ticket center we passed the Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center, a low-key solar power generation station built back in 2010. It's output is roughly 10MW, enough for about 1,100 homes at the time it came online.
I am reminded of Robert Heinlein's stories I read while in high school, especially his "The Past Through Tomorrow" series. One story that I still remember from that collection, his 1940 short story "The Roads Must Roll," described an alternate future transportation system in which the roads themselves moved, carrying passengers and cargo. Key to powering these roads were the "Douglas-Martin Solar Reception Screens." Solar cells. While our roadway systems are just the opposite of this (static roadways with moving vehicles), the one key idea that would work for out roads is the same for Heinlein's and that is to put the solar cells over the roads. We've already cleared thousands of square miles in this country just for the privilege of driving. Let's make the roads dual-use by building a second level over them and covering that second layer with solar panels.
Dixie Crossroads in Titusville where we both ate a dozen and a half rock shrimp for lunch before driving back to Orlando. Great food, fun atmosphere, and superb service. We just don't go there often enough.