The newest form of renewable energy is kinetic energy producing speed bumps or flaps that would harness the energy of passing vehicles and then generate electricity from that kinetic energy. Does it sound impossible? Not only is it a legitimate form of renewable energy, it is already being introduced into several parking lots and being developed for roadways and highways.
The principle is simple. A car generates energy as it crosses the speed bump or energy producing flap. The kinetic energy is dissipated through through deceleration of the vehicle and the once wasted energy is then used to generate electricity. Once the energy is harnessed it is transferred to the light post, traffic light or lights into the particular building in which it is generating electricity.
The leaders in the industry are New Energy Technology and the speed bumps are trademarked as MotionPower. Burger King was the first company to use the technology of kinetic energy speed bumps in a drive-thru in Hillsdale, New Jersey. The following five uses of the new technology could change the way the United States and the world looks at renewable energy.
Drive Thru Concept is Feasible Use of Kinetic Energy Harvesting
The kinetic energy speed bumps being introduced in New Jersey could take all fast food restaurants, banks and any other business with a drive thru off the power grid in a span of five to ten years. The massive purchasing power of the major chains could dive the prices down to reasonable rates over the next few years.
Grocery Stores and Convenience Stores are Subject to Stop & Go Traffic
Grocery stores in the United Kingdom are also using the kinetic energy producing speed bumps to light their stores and power their cash registers. The convenience stores in the United States such as 7/11 and Circle K see frequent visitors that enter their parking lots daily and could survive off the electricity generated by the kinetic energy of the speed bumps
MotionPower Also Makes Kinetic Energy Devices for Road Use
Kinetic speed bumps are designed differently for use on the roads the design is less abrupt to the passing cars but the energy dispersed is just as useful. On highways and roads the devices are more like panels. They can be used at the point of deceleration in the road in places such as toll booths, stop lights and turns. The energy dispersed can be transmitted to the street lights, stop lights and billboards.
Shopping Malls & Outlet Centers Can Pay for Kinetic Energy Speed Bumps in a Matter of Years
There are plenty of opportunities for the use of kinetic energy in shopping malls and strip malls across the country. The need to slow down drivers speeding through the drive lanes is an important safety issue and the kinetic energy generated by the daily vehicle traffic could possibly power the entire mall. The resulting savings on energy cost could result in lower rents and more competitive pricing.
Downtown Areas Can Take Advantage of Traffic Clogged Areas by Adding Kinetic Energy Technology
Downtown areas and tourist enclaves with slow moving vehicles will benefit from this technology in a big way. Imagine if cities such as New York City and Las Vegas could light up their cities with energy produced entirely by this new technology
The potential is limitless and not limited to big cities. Small tourist cities such as Del Mar, California, can also concentrate on placing the kinetic energy speed bumps strategically through the main drag to harness the kinetic energy supplied by the thousands of cars traveling through the area by the hour.
Solving Our Energy Problems Will Take Ingenuity & Fortitude
To make these ideas a reality it will take forward thinking property managers and local city managers to implement this new form of technology in conjunction with other proven renewable energy plans such as solar and wind generated power. It makes sense not to rely on just one source of power and to continue to look for more opportunities to wean ourselves of oil based products.
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