Korea Constructs Road that Wirelessly Charges Buses

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By: Amanda Froelich,

True Activist.

Innovative and environmentally friendly ideas emerge every day, but it’s most inspiring when countries put their ingenious ideas to work.

While most electric cars (or buses) need to be stationary to charge, researchers at Korea’s Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have created the first-of-its-kind technology that can re-charge mobile units on the go. In the city of Gumi, South Korea, a seven and a half mile stretch of asphalt roadway was constructed with specialized electric cables designed to power batteries on a moving passenger bus.

The bus’s batteries are equipped with a novel technology called “Shaped Magnetic Field in Resonance” that sends electromagnetic fields created by the electric cables buried in the asphalt to the bus, but not normal cars. A coil in the battery can turn the electromagnetic fields into electricity at a distance of more than half a foot above the road.

Because over-exposure to electromagnetic energy can be a cause of concern, it’s brilliant design that the technology only recognizes vehicles capable of accepting the electric charge and those that cannot.

At increasing rate, it seems technology dreamt of in fantasy continues to emerge at a faster than ever speed; being environmentally friendly is not only a nicety, it’s a necessity. On an optimistic note, it’s very likely with the implementation of such eco-friendly transport, the rising carbon can and will be curbed in time.



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