Kinetic road plates will soon power checkouts at a Sainsbury supermarket in Gloucester in the UK. Each time a vehicle drives over the plates in the parking lot, kinetic energy is converted into electricity and transferred back into the store. The plates are expected to produce 30 kWh of green energy every hour.
Alison Austin, Sainsbury’s environment manager, said: “Not only are we the first to use such cutting-edge technology with our shoppers, customers can now play (an) active role in helping make their local shop greener, without extra effort or cost.”
Let’s see – forward, back, forward, back – now find a parking space!