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Too bad the government doesn't want "cheap energy". They want something they can tax and control. Also, if you make a highway out of this, it will create a lot of electricity one day and can create very little the next due to traffic that day. Yes, it is an EXTREMELY FANTASTIC idea! But, the government probably wants nothing to do with it on the larger scale uses.
Lol, yeah putting something like this on the highway is the worst idea possible. It would literally steal energy from cars, causing them to use proportionally more gas depending on how far the tiles drop. It'd be like constantly driving uphill.

It also steals energy from you walking on it, but it still wouldn't be as bad as say, walking through loose sand on the beach. More like constantly walking up a very slight uphill grade.

Also, I bet these tiles cost somewhere in the tens of thousands of dollars each. No green projects are ever cheap. If green were cheaper than fossil fuels, they wouldn't have to subsidize it. So I wouldn't call this "cheap energy" that the government doesn't want. I'd call it really expensive energy that is impractical to implement on a large scale because of the initial and inevitable ongoing maintenance costs.
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Damn. Does anyone have statistics on how many steps are taken on sidewalks in NYC everyday?
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The lowest powered LED street light I could find was 28 watts. So, they claim, that if 120 people walk on the tile, it would generate 28wh of electricity? Or 4,286 people for a full kwh...
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Imagine these throughout nyc!!
HOW ABOUT A BUSY HIGHWAY?
It would rob energy from the cars driving on them. People will not notice, but car mileage would tank if roads were paved with these.
    
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It would rob energy from the cars driving on them. People will not notice, but car mileage would tank if roads were paved with these.
Yeah, it would RUIN your fuel economy. And who knows what the vehicle handling would be like on compressible roads like that. It might be incredibly dangerous. It would be an awful idea to make roads out of them.
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Yeah, it would RUIN your fuel economy. And who knows what the vehicle handling would be like on compressible roads like that. It might be incredibly dangerous. It would be an awful idea to make roads out of them.
How about a few speed bumps in parking lots then? You could also just use a short segment on a road...You know that wump...wump...wump you hear on the interstates? those are expansion grooves that could be filled with this stuff. Though I wonder how durable it is...

There is also applications involving live stock...animals just walking around could be adding a little somethign to the power grid at the same time.

A tubler filled with ball bearings placed in your car's wheels generating electricity for your car as you drive. Or put it in the middle of a turbine in a hydro electric dam to increase power output. Though it would depned on how much energy it took to turn the the tumbler to see if would be worth it.

I approve of this. This might be the most interesting thing I've seen all week
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 10/14/11 at 11:12am
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We need to know the cost per tile to see if this is really worth it. The idea is fantastic and with it being out there it can always be improved upon. As for highways, I think you could figure out a way to make the technology work with the roads but without the compression. A crazy idea: make the roads reverse the technology to work with electric cars so as you drive, the road powers you. I think this idea has already been thought of but idk where I've seen it before.
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Some of you folks have , frankly, mad scientist ideas about electricity. See what I did there?
    
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Some of you folks have , frankly, mad scientist ideas about electricity. See what I did there?
Buhuhuwaaaa...

I didn't even get into the future of human slaves walking all day and night to power tryanical cities.
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