MagLev Highway

Glenn Streiff
California, USA

Instead if using 100 billion dollars to build a high speed rail system that will serve a limited pool of Californians, we should explore the possibility of creating a maglev rail system (MLRS) adapted for use by the majority commuters who still drive in single occupant vehicles. Existing vehicles could be retrofitted and new vehicles could provide the feature as an option.

The Department of Transportation could choose an existing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane to begin a pilot program. Existing internal combustion engine vehicles that have been retrofitted with a MLRS skid underneath the chassis would access the lane just as they do a traditional HOV lane.

The rail gently sloped in the center of the lane would be oval shaped (similar to Bott dots but continuous and larger surface area). Once a vehicle gains access to the MLRS its speed, load and lift would be centrally controlled, creating a truly intelligent highway that is commuter friendly, green and cost efficient.

Convert Carbon Dioxide into Oxygen

Holly Taylor
Oregon, USA

My idea is to make a device that converts carbon dioxide into oxygen. It could be like an air purifying device that is placed inside the exhaust pipes in cars, thus stopping emissions before they are even a problem. Now I have no idea how to make something like this or if it is even possible but if there is someone who would know and that would like to help make this idea a product.

Shoe Power

Ron Valerio

All of us walk at least 5 km a day from the time we wake up until we go back to bed. We can collect walking energy and convert it to electricity. Using a shoe that generates and stores electricity you will have enough power to charge your phone or night lamps from a day’s travel.

Parking Lot Power Grid

Ron Valerio

Imagine all those thousands of cars parked for hours in a shopping mall with unused electricity stored in their batteries.

Each car could donate up to 50% of its battery level in exchange for free parking and help recover the parking lot’s usage of electricity. Or for huge parking facilities, cars could be attached to a power grid to power community needs and to offset carbon emissions while vehicles are not in use.

It only takes a few minutes to recharge the battery of a car while driving, then it’s ready again to donate the next time it parks.

Hybrid Exhaust Generator

George Lewis

The idea is for use in hybrid cars. Capture exhaust manifold, catalytic converter, and exhaust pipe/muffler waste heat to create steam to drive a pump or turbine to create more electricity to charge the batteries of the hybrid vehicle.

This system in combination with a hho (oxyhydrogen) generator supplying hho to the intake of the engine could greatly reduce fuel used by hybrid vehicles and charge the batteries even when the vehicle is turned off.