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The Affirmative plan gives money to the states to fund Piezoelectric devices (lead zirconium titanate, also known as PZT) under the roadway that collect energy from the vibrations of passing vehicles and generate electricity. Piezo has a lot of potentially useful applications for generating energy (train stations, sidewalks) as well as additional scientific value. But generating electricity from car vibrations on roadways isn’t cost effective, the technology isn’t ready yet, and what exists will cost almost 4 times what the AFF has in their plan. Foreign examples of it “working” (usually in tiny small-scale pilot programs, not rolled out on lots of highways) are not sufficient, and we need to get lots of research done in the U.S. before we can base U.S. policies on it.
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