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Pidgeon/Window Generator

Clean windows + Stupid Pidgeons= Electricty
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While at work in Manhattan I hear every now and then a misguided pidgeon fly into a window with a thud. The bird looks a bit stunned while flying off but seems rather ok. So, if one were to line the edges of the window with quartz crystals that when pressure was applied to the window would create a small amount of power through the crystals the power of the pidgeon could finally be harnessed.
MrDaliLlama, Oct 24 2004

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       Ohmm.. wouldn't the amount of energy used in producing, shipping, installing and maintaining your new product vastly exceed all the energy produced even if ALL the (sp.) pigeons bumped into your window ?
neilp, Oct 24 2004
  

       p.s. I'm tempted to promote a new [marked-for-deletion] category based entirely on solving the world's energy crisis using the piezo electric effect.
neilp, Oct 24 2004
  

       You could increase power by putting a plate of pigeon feed inside the window, the pigeons outside seeing the food and dive toward it impacting upon the glass more than randomly.   

       el dueno
el dueno, Apr 12 2008
  

       It would be more fun to use the negligable amount of power produced to light an led or run an lcd counter that totted up the pigeon incursions. You could then use different pigeon feeds on different windowsills to run an office pigeon bumping championship.   

       [el dueno] - you don't need to sign your posts, the hb does this for you.   

       wagster
wagster, Apr 13 2008
  

       It would be more fun to use the negligable amount of power produced to light an led or run an lcd counter that totted up the pigeon incursions. You could then use different pigeon feeds on different windowsills to run an office pigeon bumping championship.   

       [el dueno] - you don't need to sign your posts, the hb does this for you.   

       wagster
wagster, Apr 13 2008
  

       which eventually begs the obvious question... would a (horse/cow/ox) treadmill for power-generation be cost-effective ?
FlyingToaster, Apr 13 2008
  
      
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