TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker or making a Paypal contribution here: paypal.me/SupportTMC

Hi-tech sleeping policemen that use the pressure of passing cars to create power

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by dpeilow, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. dpeilow

    dpeilow Moderator

    Joined:
    May 23, 2008
    Messages:
    8,572
    Location:
    Winchester, UK
    London News: Hi-tech sleeping policemen that use the pressure of passing cars to create power are to be tested by Ealing Council | london life | thelondonpaper


    Discuss...
     
  2. stopcrazypp

    stopcrazypp Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2007
    Messages:
    7,057
    If the plates are used in places where you want to slow down traffic anyways (eg replacing speed bumps), then it's a good idea. But for other places, it might actually be a wasting more energy than just using electricity normally.
     
  3. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2006
    Messages:
    17,252
    Location:
    Silicon Valley
    I saw this whole idea proposed and discussed somewhere else a few years ago. In a way it is a direct (localized) tax on those that use that particular road. I have to imagine that it would create some extra noise as the cars drive over the generator.
     
  4. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2006
    Messages:
    15,914
    Location:
    Stanford, California
  5. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2006
    Messages:
    14,792
    Location:
    CA CA
    Maybe only place them on downslopes.
     

Share This Page