Induction Technology

Posted by Chuck Harrell on Feb 13, 2016 11:00:00 AM

electric-carGetting an electric car charged isn't easy unless you have your own garage or a spare set of batteries.   While the infrastructure is slowly being rolled out across many countries, there is still the inevitable worry that while you're traveling you'll find yourself grinding to a halt on the side of the road and if you find a charging station, it will take upwards of four hours to sitting around to get enough power to be on your way.

But now, thanks to induction technology, electric cars could be charged as they drive along the road.  A project in the UK is underway to test inductive roads with an off-road study which involves fitting vehicles with wireless technology and testing the equipment installed underneath the road to replicate highway conditions.
Since a contractor has yet to be appointed, it will be sometime before this 18 month trial will begin and even longer before we begin to see results.
Although many companies are likely to be bidding for the opportunity to electrify roads, one such company may end up being Smart Highway.  
In the Netherlands, a live pilot of a project called Glowing Lines is on N329 in Oss.  Using special light absorbing paint, these highway lines absorb enough energy during the day to emit light when it's dark. Created by artist Daan Roosegaarde, and built by construction company Heijmans, a video of his inspiration can be found here.  
Together Roosegaarde and Heijmans have also created a cycle path inspired by the Van Gogh painting "Starry Night", which uses tiny stones to light the path at night.
In a world in which function often comes before artistic merit, designs like Wind Lights, may just be dreams and what we''ll end up with something that won't look as nice but will do the same job.  In the same way that solar lights are now being used in some locations, so too may wind powered lights become common place.
With the commercial sector, which includes commercial and institutional buildings, and public street and highway lighting, the U.S. consumes about 262 billion kWh for lighting, more innovative methods for saving power along the way would help save a great deal of energy around the world.

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