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California turns traffic into electricity. (Photo : Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The state of California is transforming its infamous traffic jams into opportunities to harness renewable energy.

According to a report from San Francisco Chronicle, state officials will be funding an initiative to generate renewable electrical power from the road vibrations of California traffic.

Turning mechanical force into electricity isn’t anything new, and science is inching into using similar technologies to produce power from sidewalks, runways and even nightclubs.

It has yet to be proven how this technology will work when applied to a large-scale plan. But the extent of traffic in California — which is often a headache for commuters — has great potential in generating a large amount of energy.

“There’s a lot of traffic in California and a lot of vibration that just…