Subway Ticket Gates

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The East Japan Railway Company (JR-East), as part of research aimed at developing more environmentally friendly train stations, is testing an experimental system that produces electricity as people pass through ticket gates.

19 Comments on “Subway Ticket Gates”

  1. Very good idea, I agree. Just… don’t know how much electricity ordinary man can produce by passing through ticket gate… they’ll need a lot of people ;D

  2. There are actually a LOT of people that pass through these “mini turbines”. Just imagine the possibilities. Actually using our own body weight to power the things that we already use. I think this technology can be made more useful in the near future. It’s the same concept as using those lanterns that have the handle that you spin to create light.

  3. im not sure i buy this…to my knowledge (lived here for 4 years now and traveled all over), all trains in japan have little automatic panels that open and close when you scan your ticket, not turnstiles…currently the passenger has to apply no force to anything…so they would retrograde the entire ticketing system? am i missing something?…this ‘fact’ sounds sketchy to me.

  4. I’ve seen something like this on TV. There are “mats” on the floor and when people walk on them, they produce a bit of electricity, due to friction I suppose…

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