MSM assists in drive-thru greenwashing | Drive-thru energy device does not mitigate pollution & CO2

"Speed Bump" Does More Than Slow You Down

Energy-creating device can power a hair dryer

Updated 2:46 PM EDT, Sun, Sep 6, 2009


NBC Philadelphia

A fast food drive-thru lane might end up helping make the world a greener place, if not exactly skinnier.

As customers pull up to the pickup window at a Hillside, NJ Burger King, they’ll drive over a device that looks suspiciously like a speed bump.

Except it’s an energy-creating device. As cars slow down to go over the bump, the weight of the car presses down on long pedals across the top of the bump, which turns the gears inside and creates 2,000 watts of electricity.

Since drivers need to slow down anyway, the "Motion Power Energy Harvester" captures the kinetic energy that would normally be lost when a person stops at the pickup window — i.e., no one’s making money off of you when you go through the drive-thru.

The power the device creates is enough to fuel a typical hair dryer — but only for a second, according to Gerard J. Lynch, the president of the Springfield, Md., company that created the device.

Sigma Design is testing its MotionPower technology in Hillside for a week. Its next stops include the Four Seasons in Washington, D.C. and the Holiday Inn Express in Baltimore.

“Climate policy is characterized by the habituation of low expectations and a culture of failure. There is an urgent need to understand global warming and the tipping points for dangerous impacts that we have already crossed as a sustainability emergency that takes us beyond the politics of failure-inducing compromise. We are now in a race between climate tipping points and political tipping points.”
David Spratt, Philip Sutton, Climate Code Red, Australia, Published July, 2008

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