Friday, July 16, 2010

Powertread Turns Traffic Gridlock Into Electricity.

Justin Robertson and Brett Kemp have created something that would make you feel better about your daily commute in bumper-to-bumper traffic, with their invention the Powertread.
It's literally a series of tubes filled with water that, when run over, force their contents through a turbine to generate electricity. One car driving over one of the things generates 580 watts of electricity at 36 amps. That's not an awful lot power, but imagine a dozen of the things lined up at a busy off-ramp, run over by thousands of impatient drivers every day, and you can see the potential.
Turns out the government of Singapore is interested in the concept  and is providing grants to fund the project... (this is another - why didn't I think of this)

via engadget

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