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There is a company out of Britain called Alpha311.

They came up with the idea of using a vertical wind turbine that can easily be mounted to existing light poles along the highway.

We have all been hit by the blast of air coming off a semi or large truck. These turbines use that wasted air to turn these turbines without the need for outside air.
Now this generation is small but that small amount quickly adds up as more of these units are installed. They are a robust simple, designed to be a universal, uses existing wiring, and structure while being very servicable.

This means that these can be mounted to metal light poles, cell towers, and other existing structures
These things work by scale. The more there are the more they generate. They use existing wiring and structures already in place. Now the turbine, inverter, and controller need to be added at each location. But your not dedicating several acres of land for a solar or wind farm. The topic of losses in transmission is reduced by having the units closer to the load.

They have been used /real world tested in London and there is talk about them coming to New York.

This is one of those simple ideas that can solve the huge issue were running into and will need solutions to. Now these do not store engery. But if scaled enough this could be a common sight you see alongside highways powering not only the light poles but the areas around those poles.

Normally I take these ideas with a grain of salt as the investment is some stupid amount or the idea would be outdated by the time it was completed.

But this is one I can get behind. The thing is simple, universal, and the investment is minimal. Paying for itself allowing for further investment rather quickly allowing for further scaling letting the grid of these quickly grow.
 

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That should look like a nightmare.

Does it really pay for itself? Including disposal of the turbine?

We've all been lied to before about green energy. It would be refreshing to see a r-e-a-l cradle to grave assessment and not have to trust that it's accurate.
 

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hidden costs , Several years ago my wife and her son subdivided a small parcel of farm land into resicential and mixed use commercial use lots. We now have a building project on one of the lots and our cost for a new larger wod power pole and larger trasformer is $ 4 k. hiddend costa always happen. and when the turbins start killing birds and squirls . will they get shut down. ?
 

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It's an neat idea.
Problem with it in US is that it is only going to be viable in Interstate/large highway corridors through city's where you have the light poles already existing....once you get outside of that, there are basicaly no light poles along major country highways, and no Cement "jersey" barriers to help funnel the wind generated by traffic.
 
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