Innowattech of Israel generates electricity from road traffic

Innowattech’s first-of-its-kind project demonstrates how Israeli technology can generate electricity from generators installed beneath a road’s asphalt layer. The innovative green energy technology developed by Haifa-based Innowattech in association with Technion I.I.T (Israel Institute of Technology) was recently tested in …

Innowattech of Israel generates electricity from road traffic

Innowattech’s first-of-its-kind project demonstrates how Israeli technology can generate electricity from generators installed beneath a road’s asphalt layer.

The innovative green energy technology developed by Haifa-based Innowattech in association with Technion I.I.T (Israel Institute of Technology) was recently tested in a complete-system pilot project in cooperation with the Israel National Roads Company along a 30-foot stretch of highway in northern Israel.

A film of the pilot project is available for viewing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik5-60BcMb4&

The technology is based on piezoelectric materials that enable the conversion of mechanical energy exerted by the weight of passing vehicles into electrical energy, without stealing any energy whatsoever from the vehicles. The technology does not increase the vehicles’ fuel intake or affect the road infrastructure.

The technology enables the supply of electricity to various road-side applications, such as traffic lights, billboards, police speed cameras, communication systems, road signs, etc., as well as transfer of the harvested electricity into the electric grid, to supply electricity to households.

Innowattech has also developed its “electric avenue” technology for harvesting energy from movement of trains, airplanes and pedestrians.