Friday, June 19, 2009

"Kinetic Plates" on the recommendation of Charlie Lowther

For those of you who don't know Charlie, he is an incurable romantic and a constant seeker of the "Next Step". He also has a much better memory than I because he remembered some of the details of this story that I had forgotten.

Several years ago, before all the departures from Chrysler, Charlie and I would sometimes get office visits from Terry Richards who was always looking for interesting ways to save the planet and save money. Terry came across some guy on the internet that had designed and installed steel plates in the road in front of his house.

As I recall it, the idea was to use the weight of the cars passing on the road to flex the steel plate that somehow pumped water. The energy from the water was used to make electricity. Terry, of course, thought this was a great idea, but Charlie and I were just a little skeptical.

Who knew? Charlie found this on the web from England.

Sainsbury's brings green power to the checkout with 'kinetic plates'
Store first in Europe to pioneer green energy system where customers create 30kWh an hour by driving over plates in car park.

Check out the whole story here.

Silly kinetic plates.

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