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Scientist finds new way to remove ice with electricity

Posted on Sunday, April 16 2006 @ 05:23:15 CEST by

An Dartmouth College engineering professor found a new way to remove ice caked on walls or windows with a burst of electricity:
The technology is already planned for use on a bridge in Sweden and a commercial jet, and it could one day be incorporated into skis, power lines and car windshields. While drivers might find easy-cleaning windshields convenient, the technology--called thin-film pulse electrothermal de-icing, or PETD--could have significant economic impact if widely deployed. It could, for example, cut the costs of repairing power lines downed by ice storms and keep plane windshields frost-free, decreasing fuel consumption.
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