Finally……Sometimes it takes a student to teach the teacher. A design competition for students has developed various ways to capture wind power by retrofitting highways and road ways with wind turbines (something I believe to be one of the most innovative ideas in a long time and it amazes me that no one has developed this into reality yet). It’s rather simple and brilliant to capture the normally lost kinetic energy caused by such non ‘green’ machines (i.e. cars, trucks) as they cruise along the PCH or GSP going 55-85mph.
I’m sure it will be a few years before we see such infrastructure actually implemented – but its about time architects start to think outside the box and be creative with engineering [we all know engineers only work in numbers and lines - no offense]. We need to generate more great ideas like this – and like the jersey barrier turbines [shown below], which we covered here and here on MNP.