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CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL CHANGE THE ROADS OF THE FUTURE

OCTOBER 7, 2015

Kinetic Roads

According to RT.com, this new road paving technology known as “Lybra,” was developed by a startup called Underground Power in conjunction with the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy. Understanding that a braking car dissipates kinetic energy, Lybra “is able to collect, convert this energy into electricity and pass it on to the electricity grid.” Lybra is a tire-like paving device measuring about 3 meters by 1 meter. The device can be installed in roadways where deceleration occurs such as at stoplights, parking lots, and pedestrian crossings.

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How smart are kinetic roads? The team of engineers behind Lybra say that a series of 10 Lybra devices installed at a busy roundabout could produce 100,000 kilowatt hours per year — the equivalent amount of energy generated by 19 tons of oil.

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