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New Piezoelectric Railways Harvest Energy From Passing Trains. Piezoelectric technology generates energy from pressure and stress on certain surfaces, and we’ve seen it harvest electricity from roads and dance floors to power lights and signs.
Recently Israeli company Innowattech unveiled a new use for this versatile energy tech – they’re planning to install piezoelectric pads throughout the country’s railways to generate electricity. The company has previously used piezoelectric pads on Israeli highways, and now they’re using similar (albeit larger) devices on railways. Innowattech plans on substituting 32 standard railway pads with their own piezoelectric IPEG PADS, which are of a similar design. In addition to generating energy, the new IPEG pads can determine the size of the wheel that passes over them, as well as the speed and weight of the vehicle.
Innowattech Alternative Energy Harvesting System Roads Solution. New Technology Harvests Electricity From Railroad Train Track Vibrations. Train photo from Shutterstock Anyone who has stood next to a train pulling into a station can attest to the immense power it produces as it rattles along the rails.
Scientists at Stony Brook University recently won a national award their mechanical motion rectifier (MMR)-based Railroad Energy Harvester – an invention that harvests electricity from the vibrations produced by railroad trains. The invention has the potential to save millions in railroad energy costs while reducing carbon emissions. The U.S. has the longest network of railroad tracks in the world – it spans 140,700 miles in total. Many of these railways lie in remote areas where it is at times difficult to supply power to signal lights, cross gates, and railroad switches.
The team’s work won them a national award from the Energy Harvesting and Storage USA 2012 conference held earlier this month. . + Stony Brook University Via ScienceDaily.
In The Netherlands, A New Spin On The Playground. The “digital natives” — a.k.a, kids these days — have a lot of entertainment options.
What’s going to entice them to get outside, away from the laptop, the Xbox, and all the things you never even knew came installed on your iPhone? A range of innovative new playground designs may offer a glimpse of an answer. Tiles May Help Shrink Carbon Footprint by Harnessing Pedestrian Power. Thomas K.
Grose in London. Civil engineers find savings where the rubber meets the road. A new study by civil engineers at MIT shows that using stiffer pavements on the nation’s roads could reduce vehicle fuel consumption by as much as 3 percent — a savings that could add up to 273 million barrels of crude oil per year, or $15.6 billion at today’s oil prices.
This would result in an accompanying annual decrease in CO2 emissions of 46.5 million metric tons. The study, released in a recent peer-reviewed report, is the first to use mathematical modeling rather than roadway experiments to look at the effect of pavement deflection on vehicle fuel consumption across the entire U.S. road network. A paper on this work has also been accepted for publication later this year in the Transportation Research Record. The deflection under the tires is similar to that of beach sand underfoot: With each step, the foot tamps down the sand from heel to toe, requiring the pedestrian to expend more energy than when walking on a hard surface. Digital Traffic Systems, Inc. Piezo Install Day - SAMPLE VIDEO - Digital Traffic Videos. Piezoelectric Dance Floor. Power Sources Piezoelectric Dance Floor Sound Tiles Sharklet Technology There is a night club in Rotterdam called Club WATT which has a dance floor made of piezoelectric materials which collect energy from the dancer’s steps.
Right now, the electricity collected is used to power the light show around the floor, but the owners hope it will someday power 10 % of the club. iPavement embeds WiFi hotspots in the street. iPavement paving stones are installed in existing sidewalks, to provide WiFi access to passers-by Image Gallery (2 images) It seems that a lot of people have been talking about putting things in the road lately.
Just within the past few years, we’ve heard about asphalt-embedded parking spot locators, power strips and coils, piezoelectric generators, and heat-harvesting water pipes. Charge Your Phone With Your Shoes. A Kenyan man invented a shoe-powered charger for phones, joining other inventors in making mobile technology greener and more independent of traditional infrastructure. 24-year-old Anthony Mutua developed a thin crystal chip that fits into shoe soles and generates electricity under pressure.
The $46 device connects to a user’s phone via a thin extension cord, ultimately allowing people to charge their mobile batteries while going for a walk. Mutua says the chip fits into all footwear except bedroom slippers and will last for almost three years provided the shoes don’t wear out first. Mutua first unveiled a prototype at the Science and Innovation Week in Nairobi and has since patented the idea in preparation for mass production.
He predicts the device will prove popular as a commercial enterprise, as people can use it to charge several phones during one walk. Piezoelectric Traffic Surveillance System_WANJI Technology. System Overview Piezoelectric Traffic Surveillance System (WIF-I-862) is a new kind of traffic surveyor apparatus promoted by Wanji Tech., which conforms to Level I requirements of the latest standard about transportation devices ‘The Relevant Requirements, Measures and Outfield Detection & Operational Rules about Traffic Surveillance Equipment’.
With the detecting mode of piezoelectric, loop group, automatic classification (Level II classification requirements of motor vehicle) flow statistics and vehicle speed detection can be realized as well as providing axle load measurement, and all these can fully satisfy the requirements of expressway traffic surveillance conditions. Operational Principle. Piezoelectric Roads in Israel and California: Powering Up Cities as You Drive. Posted by Christian Crisostomo on March 25, 2012 · 5 Comments - Last modified: May 25, 2013 Photo Credit: heijmans.nl Development of roads and highways are just some of the most common construction projects that a city experiences every year. Volvo launches new D3 variants S60, S80 and XC60 - The Economic Times.
With added silence and efficiency, the new variants of the Volvo S60, S80 and XC60 models with an all new 5-cylinder turbo D3 diesel engine will be priced at Rs 23.99 lakh, Rs 31.99 lakh and Rs 33.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) respectively Volvo’s current three model range for India includes an entry level sports luxury sedan, a high-end prestige sedan and a rugged all-wheel drive SUV. Even collectively the Swedish car maker’s “super safe” and highly efficient passenger vehicle trio have barely managed to make a dent in overall sales figures of their respective segments.
Volvo’s 2.5-litre D5 diesel models offer the car maker's globally successful safety and driver comfort technologies with a decent return to the litre. However, Volvo’s hefty price tags for these models coupled with its nascent stature as a luxury car maker in India has limited the sale of its cars. The new D3 engines with their reduced displacement and a shorter stroke are designed to achieve maximum fuel efficiency. Pavegen tiles harvest energy from footsteps. Pavegen tiles harvest kinetic energy from pedestrian traffic Image Gallery (6 images) T-Box Harnesses Wind Energy from Speeding Trains. Rail travel is one of the greenest means of traveling across the country, but it could be even more efficient if the infrastructure itself produced electricity. Companies have already come up with plans to harness energy from passing trains using piezoelectric pads, and now two designers have developed a device that could harness the wind energy produced by speeding trains. Ale Leonetti Luparinia and Qian Jiang’s T-Box is a power generator that captures wind energy from passing trains.
It is designed to be installed into the spaces between existing rail tracks – around 150 T-Boxes could hypothetically be installed over 1km of track. Will Israeli Traffic Recharge My iPod? Email Share 27 Email Share. Turn Weight, Motion, Vibration and Temperature into Electricity, Courtesy Innowattech! In the present scenario where alternate sources of energy are taking over the detrimental conventional ones, Israel based Innowattech has come up with ‘Parasitic energy harvesting’.
Innowattech Alternative Energy Harvesting System. The Cutting Edge News. Innowattech’s Rail Pad – IPEG PAD Harvest Energy From Passing Train. The Cutting Edge News. Innowattech breakthrough in alternative energy from road traffic. Innowattech- Seeking to Convert Mechanical Energy to Electrical Energy. The Nassau Guardian. The landscape of power production, I believe and hope, has changed for good. If we are looking for technologies that are more responsible and can give individual nations more control and security about their power supply, there is much to be positive about. Innowattech's Channel. Innowattech Alternative Energy Harvesting System Roads Solution.