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Turning roads into power houses

As electricity demands rise due to rapid urban development, many cities might not be able to cope with the inherent expense of meeting such demands. Nor may they have the resources by which they can cater to such electric consumption trends.
Turning roads into power houses
As such, hybrid solutions will have their say, and one such technology is the "Egyptian Electric Pedal" (EEP). The EEP is a technology that can be installed beneath any road within a city and demonstrates a creative, intelligent innovation for electric generation.

Simply put, the EEP converts the traffic flow on roads to electricity, the heavier the traffic flow, the more power it generates. It is estimated that a single road carrying 5000-7000 vehicles per day would be able to generate enough electric power to fuel around 5000 households.

Add this to several major roads and highways in and around most cities globally, and economic savings become staggering. Moreover, with burgeoning, global unemployment on the rise, the jobs generated from the utilisation of such technology could prove to be highly positive.

The Egyptian Electric Pedal presents a self-propelled means by which a number of savings can be attained. For example, in colder climates, road-heating facilities can be catered to; road lighting can be self-generated as well as the power for government installations. The technology also has a direct influence on reducing national pollution levels by reducing the demands on ageing power-generating plants.

A prototype has been installed in Heliopolis, Egypt and the developers are looking for commercial and industrial partners. They also seek for cooperation and licensing partnership for research and development and financing fabrication of pilot projects worldwide.

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Record Number: 82204 / Last updated on: 2005-11-16
Domain: Energy