What a BRILLIANT idea!
Dorset inventor Peter Hughes‘ Electro-Kinetic Road Ramp generates around 10kW of power each time a car drives over its metal plates. Plates in the ramp move up and down as vehicles pass over them, driving a generator. Depending on the weight of the vehicle passing overhead, between five and 50kW can be generated.
So now, positioned properly in urban areas, cars can be put to good use, to power traffic signs, or street lights. Speed bumps can actually do something other than be the annoyance most of us find them to be – over 200 local authorities in the UK have expressed interest in this new technology. Groovy Green seems to think that it’s about time technology caught up to the 21st century!
The Amateur Economist and Curmudgeon Blog points out that it might add a little wear and tear on cars. I suppose that might make people use public transportation a little more!
James’ Empty Blog thinks the opposite though, and does show that it generates electricity by “stealing” it from vehicle as they pass by. Yes, in a way it would, making the fuel efficiency a little less, but making cars power the street lights or other urban necessities does seem a good payoff.