There’s a cool wind blowing in from the north, and if one
Toronto college has its way, that wind will soon be used to create electricity.
Centennial College’s Scarborough Campus is studying the
possibility of using the wind generated by traffic on Highway 401 in nearby
Toronto to generate electricity, which will be fed back to the school.
According to CBC News, engineers from the school have
raised a tower near the highway that will measure the speed of the wind
generated by the traffic. If the results are good enough, the college will
build a windmill sometime next summer.
One windmill would generate enough power to run the
equivalent of about six households, which means it won’t provide a tremendous
amount of power for the school.
However, the engineering department plans to use it to teach
students about alternative energies. The college is developing a renewable
energy program that will also look at producing power from solar panels and