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Turbine Light Illuminates Highways With Wind

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On February 5, 2010 @ 10:04 am In Green Design Competitions,Greener Gadgets,Innovation | 14 Comments

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As more and more people across the world adopt cars as their primary mode of transportation, well-lit highways become increasingly important. But how can we sustainably power all those energy-sucking lights? TAK Studio addressed that question in their entry into this year’s Greener Gadgets [2]competition to find the green technology solution of the future. Dubbed the Turbine Light [3], their design aims to illuminate our roadways using the power of the wind.

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TAK’s wind-powered [5] light uses the moving air from cars zipping by on the highway to generate energy that can be used to power roadside lighting. It’s a controversial idea–could wind from passing cars actually provide enough power for lighting?–but one that has the potential to save lots of cash in already wind-heavy regions. Alternatively, cities might consider using solar-powered lights [6] instead. The idea has been proven to work many times over, including at the recent COP15 [7] climate change conference. Tell us what you think by commenting below.

Check out the Turbine Light [3] and all of the other amazing entries in the Greener Gadgets Competition here [8] and voice your choice for your favorite. And if you’re going to be in NYC [9] on February 25, don’t forget to register [10] for the Greener Gadgets Conference where you can see all of the finalists!

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/05/turbine-light-powers-highway-lights-with-wind/turbinelight/

[2] Greener Gadgets : http://cea.mblast.com/ws/wfaward/rsp/vote2.asp?GUID=204654

[3] Turbine Light: http://cea.mblast.com/ws/wfaward/rsp/votenomination.asp?SessionID=3849244

[4] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/05/turbine-light-powers-highway-lights-with-wind/turbinelight-2/

[5] wind-powered: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/04/30/student-designs-highway-power/

[6] solar-powered lights: http://cleantechnica.com/2008/08/13/oregon-launching-first-solar-highway-in-the-us/

[7] COP15: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/03/path-to-cop15-will-be-lit-by-solar-powered-3xn-gotham-street-lamps/

[8] Greener Gadgets Competition here: http://cea.mblast.com/ws/wfaward/rsp/vote2.asp?c=1

[9] NYC: http://www.inhabitat.com/ny

[10] register: http://registration2.experient-inc.com/showCEA101/Default.aspx

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