VIDEO: The Incredible Snow Melting Machine
This is the kind of week, most of us would really like having a snow melting machine. Maybe if you ask the City of Minneapolis's public works department heads, they'll let you borrow theirs. The city's snowmelter can liquefy 30 tons of snow per hour, which can greatly reduce snow storage needs in a city short of space. They're still figuring out how best to utilize the three-year-old machine.
While the unit consumes lots of fuel, up to 60 gallons per hour, compared to hauling snow with diesel trucks and bobcats it shows potential energy savings.