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 its 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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