Hmm. How to go about this delicately? Terry Kenney is the inventor of something called the "Dragon Power Station", it's a system of plates and hydraulic compressors taking advantage of the weight of passing semis to convert potential energy to electricity. The system is embedded in the road around low speed areas and tractor trailers squeeze the Dragon plates together until hydraulic fluid gushes out at the capture station, where it is converted to power by a generator. The system is currently installed at the Port of Oakland and is expected to generate 5,000 to 7,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a day when refined. Dragons with semis? Expect horrifying new artwork any time now. (h/t to Eddie, you sick dragon lover) [NCMOnline]
@diegonolovich: Then on that basis,
manufacturers of brake pads should be liable for stealing and wasting
energy because their products "don't work right" because the braking
energy isn't being put back into usable energy for the driver's to use.
At the same time rough pavement, potholes and rumble strips should
then also be illegal because both of these also slow vehicles down
without giving the energy back to the driver to use.
And if you allow that to be illegal, then technically every red
light and speed bump is a "theft" in the sense that you rarely recover
100% of your braking energy and then have to waste a bunch of energy
accellerating(and in the case of the speed bump, add extra wear on the
suspension). And that doesn't even factor in the "theft" of the time
spent waiting at the red light.
And don't even get me started on traffic tickets such as speeding!
Installing this isn't theft any more than using the sun, the wind or
water to generate power using solar panels, wind mills or a dam.
Anyway... is it the driver or DMV/MOT that says what goes and
doesn't go on public roads? The DMV could use your same argument
against you and say that "those red lights and roads belong to the
DMV... therefore the energy that you generated while stopping belongs
to us as well... you'll get the bill the next time you renew your
Legally speaking, this is not a can of worms you want to open.