Sainsburys power new store with customers' tyre tracks
A branch of Sainsburys in Gloucester Quays has gone greener than the Hulk with the help of pioneering car park technology that will help to power the store itself.
Electricity used to run the store’s checkouts will be powered by energy generated from customer’s vehicles driving over ‘kinetic energy plates’ in the car park to power its checkouts. Like, from the future or something. Or a London nightclub.
Alison Austin, Sainsbury's environment manager said: “First the checkouts, then the refrigerated section, then EARTH will belong to me you fools!” Of course she didn’t. What she really said was: “Using amazing technology like this helps us reduce our use of carbon and makes Sainsbury's a leading energy-efficient business.” See, the first quote was more exciting wasn’t it?
We’ve had a think and have come up a handful of other ways that supermarkets can conserve their energy output. Feel free to add your own…
- Switch the freezers off for 10 minutes once an hour. The food should probably be fine.
- Put convicted shoplifters on a giant hamster wheel round the back of the store.
- Make customers move the checkout conveyor belt along themselves using a crank handle.
- Instead of binning short-dated food for freegans to nick, burn it in furnaces along with packaging and create the first ever steam-powered supermarket. Or something.