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Eco power Generation for buildings, Sidewalks & roads

Although i’m a layperson in eco friendly power generation I have an interest in ways to decrease our dependency on fossil fuels. 

It should be possible when new buildings are erected especially Office buildings & Malls that there is technology in place to their own electricity such as high efficiency photo voltaic cells which can be integrated directly into windows & roof tiles. With Malls & sidewalks there are smart paths which can generate electricity & all the foot traffic daily that should be able to generate a sizeable amount. Also on the roofs of office buildings there could be vertical cylindrical wind turbines which can be made bird friendly. Also the use of high efficiency photo voltaic panels can be mounted in addition to the wind turbines. Though efficient & safe battery storage would be essential to store and reuse any excess power generated. 

For existing office buildings & Malls retrofitting photovoltaic windows would be too expensive, but the vertical wind turbines & solar panels would be able to be retrofitted fairly easily on the roof

‘I would imagine ultra low power LED lights would be used throughout the buildings as well as efficient heating and air conditioning systems of which I currently have no knowledge of but I will endeavour to find out. 

With the rise in the all electric vehicles there Would be a significant  drain on all the power stations but this can be offset with smart roads/freeways  which are similar to the smart sidewalks which can generate power which again should be a considerable amount given the volume of traffic. 

‘There is also another means of power generation either side of freeway barriers can be powered just by the wind generated by passing vehicles. 

‘All this could go either directly to the power stations though I’d imagine there would be a significant power loss over a long distance or there could be a battery storage solution that could be used to carport charging stations. 

I have read that they are researching into road to battery vehicle charging systems which means that as a car drives over the road it picks up a charge from the charging coils in the road. It seems very inefficient to me ( admittedly as a layperson) but a better way would be to design a more efficient alternator which charges the battery as the vehicle is moving, plus with the addition of regenerative braking this would help increase the vehicles range.


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Matt Chester on Jun 5, 2019 9:31 pm GMT

The idea of solar or pressure generative walkways or roads has long sounded like a fantastic idea in theory, but from what I've read has always turned out to be a bit too fantastical in actuality. Would you mind sharing what resources you've used to read more about these-- I'd love to see if there were recent developments that prompt increased optimism in the possibility 

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Mike Coshan on Jun 7, 2019 6:41 pm GMT
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Mike Coshan on Jun 7, 2019 1:40 pm GMT 

Hi Matt this link above is the latest thing on smart walkways posted February 2019 which could be installed in new towns and around new Malls & buildings. I think retrofitting these would be cost prohibitive at the moment, but if including in new builds then it would pay for itself 

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Matt Chester on Jun 7, 2019 9:06 pm GMT

Thanks for sharing, Mike. Interesting stuff!

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