Wed 10-29-97


AKITA, Japan (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The Slinky toy may be fun for a girl or boy but it also might be the answer to cheap energy for the world thanks to a Japanese engineer who claims he can turn “Slinky power” into electricity.

Inventor Shigeru Horinouchi says Slinkies generate a surprising amount of energy when they “walk down” stairs – and it’s free for the picking.

His prototype generator uses 60 Slinkies which repeatedly traverse up and down a staircase and a large coil which converts the “wasted energy” into useable electric current.

Horinouchi says 60 Slinkies will produce about 20 kilowatt hours of electricity each day – enough to power a family of four in a four bedroom house.

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