Genesis Morocco: The Future of Highways ? How about Energy Generating Supraconductor Trains ?

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Project Genesis is a strategic sustainable development framework for Morocco to translate from being a net importer of energy and a country facing water shortage issues, into the number one producer both of clean renewable energy and water in the region.

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The Future of Highways ? How about Energy Generating Supraconductor Trains ?


Personal Notes : Interesting item by Timon Singh of He considers it as a 'pie in the sky' for now, but indeed it is a forceful concept that of generating magnetic energy along highways and railways and if it is technologically achievable then I think it will be done in the foreseeable future. 

The perspective of rendering the whole highway and railway infrastructure energy efficient is one of the major challenges of the future. It has much potential for the electric car as charging stations can be implemented, 

The potential is even greater for a train where we could see efficiency approaching that of kinetic devices, with as almost as much energy produced by the train as that which it actually consumes, the differential being lost to friction while we see another pie in the sky materialize, that of supraconductor trains, in that case we could either attain total efficiency in future high speed train travel, or have the very nice surprise of finding out that due to their speed and the possibility of alternating polarities along the wagons could provide us with an unexpected technological feat. 

By Timon Singh, 09/01/11

Using highways to generate kinetic energy from cars is not a new idea, but designer Fang-Chun Tsai has put a twist on it. He proposes using the kinetic energy from speeding cars to change a magnetic field to generate electricity. The system could be easily installed in existing cars, and it could pave the way towards a self-sufficient energy grid.

The Magneter system would see cars fitted with a magnetic device on the underside of the chassis. As a vehicle drives, it would charge an electricity generating device that would be installed on the road. The system does not require a generator and would create electricity for whatever systems needed it. The system could also be used on rail and subway lines. The concept would also work hand in hand with a Smart Grid. The system allows energy to be stored and diverted to areas when it is needed during as peak power times.

The best part about this system is that it looks like the installation of a magnetic device would be relatively simple. A quick job in the garage is all that would be necessary to outfit most cars with one – my main concern is the work needed to install these magnetic strips on the nation’s highways. While it is a great idea, it is almost as ‘pie in the sky’ as the solar highway concept.

+ Magneter (Yanko Design)

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