Oscillohump: Generating Electricity Through Road Humps

‘Just reading through TopGear pages and got a good look on this invention by two Ateneans about a device called Oscillohump, which is placed beneath a road hump and generates electricity every time a vehicle passes over it. Wow, right?

The two people behind the design and fabrication of the Oscillohump are Tricia Eloise Vintola and Lorenz Ray Payonga, graduating ECE students from ADMU. They made it as an entry to this year’s “Go Green in the City” competition organized by a global specialist in energy management, Schneider Electric. They’ve added a tagline with it, “The Power of Driving Through.

They actually toppled Adamson and UP on the national phase finals first, then bested the teams from countries like Singapore, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Taiwan on the East Asia round in Jakarta. Finally, they went unrivaled on the Global Finals last June 26 – 29 in Paris, beating teams from Canada, China, India, Mexico, Russia, Turkey and France. Awesome!

So what’s the story behind oscillohump that the global arena gave it their ultimate thumbs up? It’s electromagnetic induction, guys. They’ve made use of a series of magnets, which plunge into each of their paired solenoids with the springs to lift them out again to create a thrust in and out movement every time a vehicle passes over it. Their research shows that the oscillohump generates about 5W of energy for every 20 vehicles passing over the portion of the hump it supports. That’s about enough to light up the street lamps, the traffic lights and CCTV cameras. Yes, that sounds revolutionary!

Some guy pointed out that it’s been done already in Japan way back 2008 with the “power-generating floors” applied on their railway ticket gates at the Tokyo station. Relatively, it has the same concept of harnessing free energy readily with traffic, in their case it’s foot-traffic. Though, it has different technology all-together called the piezoelectric, which uses elements such as crystals or certain ceramics that accumulate electric charges whenever pressed, squeezed or deformed.

Whichever technology, free energy’s definitely welcome in a world that’s trying to conserve it. And learning about fellow-Filipino’s works and triumphs, it’s simply ingenious. There’s so much to capitalize on these technologies, don’t you think? As Vernon from TopGear pointed out, the government should make room for these. Maybe venture capitalists may play a fast hand on this, not to mention global interest now can’t be cancelled out from the equation.

[Via TopGear]

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