Traffic Turbine: New device harnesses energy from busy roads
British company Alpha 311 has developed wind turbines for roadside lampposts that generate energy from air currents created by moving vehicles..
Every person who has ever been near the road felt the gusts of wind after any passing car. British businessman Barry Thompson decided to come up with a solution to harvest this wasted energy..
He created a cylindrical wind turbine with a height of 2 m, which is designed to be installed on lamp posts near highways. According to the engineer, each vertical device generates the same amount of energy as a 21 m2 solar panel. The company plans to make money by selling electricity to the state, some of which will go directly to road lighting.
The Alpha 311 development does not require any infrastructure changes as it is suitable for installation on existing poles and columns. The company is already in talks with local authorities to conduct tests on existing highways.
As a reminder, Peugeot previously developed a billboard that generates electricity from ambient noise..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo and video: Alpha 311