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Wind Power From Trains

The T-Box system harnesses wind energy from the existing motion of passing trains.

Lisa Baldini
Lisa Baldini on April 13, 2011.

Wind Energy has been tricky to promote with many communities complaining about the aesthetics of windmills. As we look for better ways to gather such power, T-Box may have come up with an inventive way to harness wind energy with the T-Box. Designed by Ale Leonetti Luparinia and Qian Jiang the generators are cleverly hidden between rail tracks:

A passing train traveling at 200 kph would produce a wind speed equivalent to 15 m/sec. The T-Box would be able to catch this wind and produce about 3,500 W of power. If the train was 200m long, going at a speed of 300 kph and travelled 1km in 18 seconds, the T-Boxes would be able to produce about 2.6 KWh. This energy could then be utilized to power remote areas that don’t have electricity or rail sub-systems.

T-Box

Inhabitat: “T-Box Harnesses Wind Energy from Speeding Trains”

image by Lawrence Whittemore

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Lisa Baldini is a regular contributor to PSFK.com. As a student of Graham Harwood, Luciana Parisi, and Matthew Fuller, Lisa's interest in technology lies in how culture is changed from the bottom up through history, materiality, databases, user experience, and affective computing. A student of social media marketing, she sees how people try to engage consumers through technology and how much failure is at hand by misunderstanding the medium. A teacher at heart, she writes and curates in an effort to link the knowledge derived between the academic, art, and business worlds.

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