The final year mechanical engineering students - Prashanth D, Prathik S, Sampath Kumar B and Rahul B - from Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering (SVCE) have created the new system.
A group of students from Bengaluru has come up with a unique idea to harness the wind energy created from speeding vehicles at highways to produce electricity. These engineering students from Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering (SVCE) have created a device aim to tap the easily available wind energy from the road, The Better India reports. With this new system, these students use vertical wind turbines that generate electricity of up to 45 volts. The final year mechanical engineering students – Prashanth D, Prathik S, Sampath Kumar B and Rahul B – from Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering (SVCE) have created the new system.
The new innovation from these students is aimed at reducing dependence on conventional power sources and generate electricity to power streetlights, caution lights and traffic lights. In the unique experiment, the students have designed the turbines in a way that they even rotate at low wind speeds (1.5m/s). Since highways are usually designed for higher speeds, these turbines are placed on the dividers.
In an interview with Bangalore Mirror, Prashanth, one of the student said that the system works on the concept of converting kinetic energy from wind into electrical power. He says that highways are designed for 40kmph, 60kmph and 80 kmph speed lanes, so, placing these on dividers makes the task. “Vehicles going at 80kmphr are the major source of power for these turbines,” he says.