Kenyan in and around Cape Town

Going up!

The cable cars of Table Mountain Cableway actually generate electricity! Due to the nature of its installation, the cableway is able to re-generate some power … its all in the physics, following the laws of gravity

Some may think that this is a complex process, but it is actually quite simple. It follows the basic laws of physics: travelling against and with gravity. When the cable car ascends with a full load of passengers, it is carrying a lot of weight and fighting against gravity at the same time – this uses a lot of energy

when it descends in the afternoon with more passengers travelling down than those travelling up, it is not fighting gravity. The extra weight in the cable car generates power. The power that is saved flows back into the cableway grid; this happens continuously. It means no extra power is being wasted

These power-saving measures reduce the Cableway’s carbon footprint. Every 1kWh that is saved equates to over a kilogram of carbon dioxide that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere

And when you get up there, there are four retail outlets, which stock a great selection of clothing, gifts and merchandise, from the cheap and cheerful, to very posh


One response

  1. Pic 004 reminds me of the “boy at the crystal shop at the top of the hill” – The Alchemist.
    Pic 002 ….. my favorite!

    August 30, 2011 at 11:46

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