Weekend Fun: Keep On Truckin’ With The Dragon Power Station
It took Terry Kenney eight long years to develop his Dragon Power Station prototype, but his timing couldn’t be better with out of control gas prices and energy costs.
The Dragon Power Station works by harnessing the kinetic energy of trucks passing over special plates embeded in highways. The trucks compress a tank of hydraulic fluid which pumps a generator to produce electricity. Kenney set up the first prototype at the Port of Oakland which records about 2500 trucks a day. The energy produced is reportedly enough to generate about 5,000 to 7,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each day, or enough to power up to 1,750 homes.
Once Kenney has garnered enough support for the system he hopes to implement them in other high traffic areas such as toll bridges around the country.