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.

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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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