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Wind Power From Trains

Wind Power From Trains

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

Lisa Baldini

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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