Thursday, December 29, 2011

Could Non-Motorized Transportation Be a Source of Energy Production In the Future?

At the end of each year, IBM examines emerging technologies to develop a forecast for the next five years of future energy sources. Here's this year's list, which includes a transportation related-energy source: YOU.

IBM predicts that non-motorized transportation in the near future will become a power source. For instance, the strike of your heel and the bend of your sole when walking could release enough energy to charge your cell phone. And a device on the spokes of your bike could collect energy to power your kitchen appliances. You are your own natural resource, as it turns out. Here's the article.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

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