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Electrical_meterBritish supermarket Sainsbury’s is trying out a kinetic energy system at its store in Gloucester. It’s based on a series of plates embedded in the surface of the parking lot that generate power whenever a car drives over them. The system is expected to provide enough electricity to power all of the store’s registers – 30 kW an hour – without disturbing cyclists or drivers.

The parking lot generator is from UK company Highway Energy Systems. Sainsbury’s has contracted for a similar system from California-based AEST to be installed at its truck depot in Pinehurst.

Sainsbury’s said the company estimates it will recoup its costs in two years.

(Title lyric from Suede.)

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Written by chris

June 18, 2009 at 9:54 pm

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