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Piezoelectric Road Harvests Traffic Energy to Generate Electricity

Piezoelectric Road Harvests Traffic Energy to Generate Electricity

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Published by: pavan289 on Mar 01, 2011
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Piezoelectric road harvests traffic energy to generateelectricity
Click image to enlargeIsreali engineers are about to begin testing a 100 metre stretch of  roadwayembedded with a network of PiezoElectric Generators(IPEG™). The piezoelectric effect converts mechanicalstrain into electrical current or voltage and the system is expected to scale up to 400 kilowattsfrom a 1-kilometre stretch of dual carriageway. The IPEG™ is a pioneering inventionin the field of Parasitic Energy harvesting and generates energy from weight, motion, vibration andtemperature changes and will certainly have other parasitic energy harvesting applications inmany fields. Initially though, the system can be configured to generate and store energy fromroads, airport runways and rail systems at the same time as delivering real-time data on theweight, frequency and spacing between passing vehicles. The harvested energy can betransferred back to the grid, or used for specific public infrastructure purposes such as lightingand widespread use of the system would enable far greater scrutiny and hence understandingof the behaviour of road vehicles.Isreali engineers are about to begin testing a stretch of what may become the road of thefuture.  The  road  contains  piezoelectriccrystalsthat  produce  electricity  when  squeezed,enabling them to harvest some of the energy which vehicles lose to the environment duringtheir journeys. The system is expected to produce up to 400 kilowatts from a 1-kilometrestretch of dual carriageway and the technology is also applicable to airport runways and railsystems. In addition to being able to produce its own power, the system can also deliver real-time data on the weight, frequency and speed of passing vehicles as well as the spacingbetween vehicles.As such, the embedding of piezoelectric generators to create "smart roads" could eventuallybecome an integral part of traffic management systems. The PiezoElectric Generator(IPEG™)developed by Isreali University spin-out company Innowattech has the ability to harvestenergy from weight, motion, vibration and temperature changes and as such it is a pioneering

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