This is so cool-Turning Big Truck Traffic into Electricity

This was on the Treehugger website. I won’t pretend to understand how it works but if it works as they say this man is a genius. If we need to have these trucks out there why not let them be part of the solution. Now if they could only come up with a way to harness the electricity of young children….

While the Japanese are trying to produce electricity from train station gates (!?), entrepreneur Terry Kenney is going after a bigger target: Trucks.

It took him eight years to get a working prototype, but now there’s one working at the Port of Oakland which Kenney calls the “Dragon Power Station”. Special plates are set on the road, and as big trucks drive over them (about 2,500 of them per day at the port), they compress a tank of hydraulic fluid under the road, which in turn creates a series of pumping actions that turns a generator to produce electricity.

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