Kinetic Energy

London - Submitted by Christopher Hannah on Apr 24 2014

I'm not sure how exactly this will work, I have not done enough research into this field yet. But I have heard of kinetic energy. What if you combined everyday structures with some kind of generator, which can produce power without doing anything different.

Now for my favourite example. Image a bridge, where as you walk the energy from you walking passing down onto the surface, into generators, then into a main power hub.

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How would you expand or adapt this future in 2025?
Emric
Mar 27 2017
8:52 PM
Following on from your bridge idea, a bridge that majorly springs to mind is the millennium bridge since you can feel the walk tremours drematically. From my limited understanding I know that bridges need a certain level of "flex" since a ridged structure would collapse. One designer who springs to mind is Thomas Heatherwick who is I think currently working on the first green bridge.
Emric
Mar 27 2017
8:52 PM
Following on from your bridge idea, a bridge that majorly springs to mind is the millennium bridge since you can feel the walk tremours drematically. From my limited understanding I know that bridges need a certain level of "flex" since a ridged structure would collapse. One designer who springs to mind is Thomas Heatherwick who is I think currently working on the first green bridge.
Emric
Mar 27 2017
8:55 PM
Since with kinetic energy and bridges you are almost creating mini tremors you may a) need a way of amplifying that tremor since a single step may be too smaller impact and b) that amplified energy may be then used to move a generator. Something like a swinging axis?
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Who would you need to bring together to make this future happen?
KevinRussel
Sep 15 2014
8:20 PM
Scientists who understand material sciences, electrical generators and the business visionaries who see this opportunity. The one which pops to mind is Porsche's work combined with Williams Formula One Racing Team KERS (kinetic energy recovery systems) is the best example I've seen in the Porsche 911 GT3 R's hybrid 2.0 system. The 918 RSR is next.
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KevinRussel
Sep 15 2014
8:20 PM
There are various groups around the planet in academia and industry working toward components of this technology. Take your pick. On a small scale I know a particular scientist with experience here I'd tap.
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KevinRussel
Sep 15 2014
8:20 PM
Funding, but most likely government policy favoring the ensconced energy incumbents who like the status quo.