Highway wind turbine streetlightsTrott Bailey University
#TeamKB, Here’s a super cool innovation and another reason to #KeepBelieving in the future of renewable technology. A creative concept of a ‘wind-turbine highway lights’ powered by the rush of air created by cars and trucks speeding past.
Eco-design firm TAK was responsible for creating the concept and pitched it to government, state and other transportation officials, noting that all of that unused wind from passing vehicles would not only power overhead lights but feed the grid during daylight hours.
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The island of Jamaica is home to grand highway infrastructure such as the Highway 2000 and the various legs that links to Portmore, Mandeville, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Imagine the vast amount of energy and income this would created on a daily basis. Did you know that the construction for the Portmore leg of the highway cost US$100 million with an average interest cost of US$12 million per year. This means that in order to repay interest along we need J$2.1 million PER DAY, please note this is just to pay INTEREST. This technology + Toll payments would do us well [Highway 2000, Jamaica].
This wind turbine concept just might solve that funding problem; judging from their size one wind turbine might generate about 500W. If the Portmore leg of the highway, the busiest of them all, should have 100 of these turbines producing energy 50% of the time from passing cars. The toll would generate 50kW of energy for 12 hours daily and this energy could be sold to the JPS at US10cent/ kWh, the same rate as that of the Wigton Wind Farm. That would mean, the toll road would generate a total income of US$12,000.00 or J$1.2 million dollars PER DAY. This would reduce the cost for each vehicle through the toll by over 50% by putting the wind to work.
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Judging from the conceptual photo, the turbine wouldn’t be hard on the eyes either. Much more aesthetic compared to larger wind turbines.
In order for this design to be lucrative a wider central median will be require for vehicles to clear the width of the turbine. The only other option is to place the turbines higher on the pole, this would be a less favorable option since vehicles of a lower height will not propell the turbines as much as it would with the wide median option.
#TeamKB What do you think? Do you #Believe that this idea could come to life?
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Source: Oregon Live