Transportation

The smart highways of the future


Projects to make thehighwaysof the globe moreintelligentare many. Give herhighwaysphotovoltaic to the lanes that integrate wind turbines, some projects see the mantlemotorwaytransformed into a real wireless network, others simply integrate solar-powered EV charging stations.

The designer Pedro Gomes has developed turbines capable of transforming the motion of cars into electrical energy. The instrument invented by Pedro Gomes was called eTurbine and plays a dual role: it generates energy and outlines the carriageways of the highways. The eTurbine exploits the flow of air produced by racing cars, just like wind turbines. A very similar principle was exploited by the Italian start-up ATEA, similarly to the Pedro Gomes project, thesmart highway glimpsed by the Italian group, it envisages the installation of micro-wind turbines on board the carriageways in order to exploit the turbulence generated by the flow of heavy vehicles in transit. The energy produced can then be put on the network or used to power the users motorway. The ATEA start-up project was espoused by Serenissima Trading (100% owned by Holding A4 - Brescia Padova motorway), so "road tests" were started with the installation of the first prototypes.

Always in the field of smart highways, a wireless charging system has emerged that would make it possible to address the serious drawback associated with the use of electric cars, their limited "driving range". The project sees thehighways of the futurebe able to wirelessly recharge electric cars in transit. A detailed study of the project can be viewed at this address

And if the highways were able to produce energy by exploiting sunlight?
This hypothesis was explored with the Solar Roadways project, an idea that sees a substantial change to the road surface which, by integrating photovoltaic panels, would be able to produce energy. The total area of ​​US roads, highways and parking lots is estimated to be at least 100,000 square kilometers, Solar Roadways assumes that on a cloudy day of at least 4 hours a day and with a PV efficiency of just 15% , each panel would be able to produce 7.6 Kwh per day, multiplied by the motorway surface ... the yield would be great!


Video: Smart Highways Drainage Showcase (October 2020).