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Kinetic Energy


Kinetic energy is what a body possesses by virtue of being in motion.  Harnessing the energy of motion.  This green energy is finding its place in an unusual environment.  In Hillside, NJ at the local Burger King they are installing kinetic energy devices that will rotate every time a car rolls through the drive in lane.  The local manager states that 150,000 cars pass through their drive in lane per year.  The energy is captured and stored until enough of it has been gathered.  This is a test concept that Burger King is assessing for all of their drive through restaurants.  What will the King think of next?  Perhaps they could find a way to harness their customer’s walk in traffic by installing revolving doors.  I think Burger King could do more.  Perhaps they could find a way to impact their carbon footprint by reducing the methane gas their products create in people.  Or install solar panels on the roofs of their restaurants, or source their ingredients locally.  Personally, I would love to see them improve the esthetics of their building exteriors, something that would be visually more appealing.   The kinetic energy idea is a good one, novel, and innovative.  It’s at least a start in the right direction.

John Vlahakis

Adding to the methane equation?
Adding to the methane equation?


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