URI researchers aim to harvest solar energy from pavement

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URI professor of civil and environmental engineering, K. Wayne Lee, and graduate student Andrew Correia are studying how to cut down on fossil fuel use and reduce global warming by  harvesting energy from hot pavement. Asphalt absorbs and retains a great deal of heat from the sun, especially in the summer.

The URI team has identified four potential approaches to harvest that heat, from simple to complex, and they are pursuing research projects designed to make each of them a reality.