Years ago, a deposed head of provincial utility BC Hydro said the least-cost solutions to energy needs were conservation and efficiency. While that remains true, recovery of energy now wasted would be advantageous.
Estimable YouTuber Dave Borlace (Just Have a Think) reviewed the Alpha 311 vertical axis wind turbine, a system that can be placed next to a road or rail line and produce electricity for local use even when there is no wind. The company asserts:
Our turbines are attached to existing lighting columns close to roads, where they can harvest the massive, untapped energy produced by moving vehicles.
Think about the last time a car or truck rushed past you. That power and energy is what we’re collecting.
Local energy production serves local demand and reduces transmission costs, and that reduces costs for the end customer.
Just Have a Think is a YouTube channel worth following. Creator Dave Borlace describes its purpose:
This channel seeks to understand the issues that face our civilisation in the 21st Century and focusses on the potential solutions that will save as many lives as possible and hopefully bring about a greater level of equality in the world.
A 2020 academic paper discussed use of vertical axis wind turbines:
Currently, the world is in dire need of the renewable energy sources due to the adverse effects of the conventional ones. Also, many researches have proven that the renewable energy sources are way cheaper than the conventional methods in terms of production. There are many sources around the globe that can generate renewable energy. Many researches have shown that earth has a great capability of wind energy especially along the coastlines.