Energy harvesting from vehicular traffic over speed bumps: A review

G. Del Castillo-García, E. Blanco-Fernandez, P. Pascual-Muñoz, D. Castro-Fresno

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Energy used by vehicles to slow down in areas of limited speed is wasted. A traffic energy-harvesting device (TEHD) is capable of harvesting vehicle energy when passing over a speed bump. This paper presents a classification of the different technologies used in existing TEHDs. Moreover, an estimation of the energy that could be harvested with the different technologies and their cost has been elaborated. The energy recovered with these devices could be used for marking and lighting of roads in urban areas, making transportation infrastructures more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-69
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Energy
Issue number2
Early online date9 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2018

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  • energy roads & highways sustainability

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