Saturday, April 23, 2011

Crowd Power

Vibrations from passing trucks, the rumbling of speeding trains and even the footfall of busy city commuters could be captured and converted into energy to light walkways and buildings, engineers say. A London-based architectural firm is working on a project that aims to harness the pulse of a city and use it as a renewable energy source.

Facility Architects director Clair Price says tens of thousands of people can pass through urban hubs like train stations during rush hour. "You don't need to be a maths genius to realise that if you can harness that energy... you can actually generate a very useful power source that is currently being wasted,"

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