Wind Power Idea Harvests Breeze From Trains

Kinetic energy lesson #1: movement is power, if you harness it. Designers Qian Jiang and Ale Leonetti Luparinie appear to understand this, judging by their T-Box concept.

Why wait for the wind to blow when the nation’s trains and mass transit systems run pretty much on time, all the time? Yanko Design reports that the T-box system harvests wind energy from the movement of trains through a kind of box that merges with the sleepers on the tracks. This box also houses all the necessary components to harness, store and supply converted power.

T-box system

image via Qian Jiang and Ale Leonetti Luparinie

The basis of the system, is essentially, a series of vertical access turbines housed in cages sunk below the tracks–when the train or subway rolls by on top, the turbines spin, producing power.

T-Box2

image via Qian Jiang and Ale Leonetti Luparinie

The designers see the T-box design as possessing great potential to power urban areas, simply by harvesting the rush of wind that accompanies passing trains and subway cars. We agree–and apparently so do the judges of the Liteon Awards, which recently picked the T-Box as an award-winning design.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.