As Spring and Summer approach, families are planning trips — to the beach, camping, on a cruise or possibly to an amusement park like Disney World.
The theme park experience is built by a myriad of moving parts. From vendors to rollercoasters to theme rides to parades, all of the different aspects that come together to make a day of family fun unforgettable have one need in common: power.
Roller coasters, especially the increasingly common launch roller coaster, present a clear power demand.
Even the most low-tech coasters require power to keep their motorized chains moving, propelling the cars along the track.
The fast-paced, high-power thrill of a roller coaster can come to a screeching halt if there are power problems. Stories of passengers stranded on rides, required to walk down long, narrow stairs to exit the towering drops safely, are an uncomfortable news presence every summer.
Those malfunctions can expose park attendees to summer sun and dehydration and a risk of falling as they evacuate broken rides.
The same could be said of vendors, who are immediately left unable to prepare or sell food if power becomes inaccessible.
Power outages at theme parks leave thousands of visitors stranded, without food, without light if it’s after sunset and in need of evacuation through unlit, labyrinthine streets. Even relying on diesel powered generators only go so far; generators are noisy, expensive to fuel and hard on the environment.
Even beyond the safety hazards, the reality is that it’s a bummer for anyone to come to a theme park and have their day interrupted by a power failure.
The media needs of rides at a park like Disneyland are endless, requiring power to both move the ride and play its multitude of perfectly synched video and audio components.
Obviously, power failure is only one of many things that can go wrong with roller coasters, themed rides or vendor booths. Mechanical failures will always be a risk with machines this complex.
However, the ability to have constant power transmitted directly to a ride could massively aid in keeping everything running smoothly.
That is exactly the solution that WiGL offers.
With WiGL’s power broadcasting technology, power could be transmitted directly to receivers on rides, keeping them running more consistently. Power could also be transmitted to safety devices like lights and mobile climate control devices.
Because of some of the challenging power needs of parks like this, more and more amusement parks have been exploring sustainability technology. Solar panels, for example, have begun making increasing appearances.
GreenWood Forest Park in Wales has claimed to be the first park to fully generate its own energy.
But even with those sustainable energy solutions created, there still has to be a way for power to get from the source to its intended uses.
WiGL could take the new green amusement park initiatives a step further by eliminating wires, streamlining the process and paving the way for theme parks to move into a more sustainable future.
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