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'[EE] Robot clears snow, makes ice bricks'
2008\01\03@102824 by M. Adam Davis

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Here's an interesting idea:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,319473,00.html

So now we just need to train it to collect all the snow, drop it in a
big hole with heat pipes near the bottom, and then get significantly
cheaper air conditioning in the summer.

I read somewhere that a typical house would require it's own size in
frozen water to cool the house comfortably for a full summer, but I
don't recall the details (temperature of ice, duration of summer, etc)
- it was a back of the envelope calcuation anyway, but is a handy
guide for sizing ice cubes for cooling purposes.

Although one has to get rid of the water by the end of summer for new
bricks -perhaps pass it through a heat exchanger to extract the 'cool'
(heat up) and then water the garden.  Alternately use all that warm
water to heat the house in the winter.

-Adam

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