I have an idea for generating electricity using the national highway system. Yes, that’s what I said. No, I’m not insane. I’m not a scientist either but it seems logical to me. Now I need intelligent dopers to tell me what about it is idiotic and won’t work. The idea is simple:
Take a busy section of interstate. Put some sort of spring-type mechanism or pressure plate under the road. The kinetic energy generated by the difference in weight between car-on-road and road-without-car is converted to electricity.
Would this work? I’m guessing it wouldn’t or someone would already be doing it… but if it wouldn’t, why?