These Indian students found a way to generate electricity from rainwater on roads | GBRI

Two students of Civil Engineering from India’s state of Karnataka just developed a way to generate electricity from vehicles running on highways and rainwater, while also recharging water bodies. Their project won them the first prize at the India International Science Festival.

Explaining about their project, Pruthviraj and Prasanna said that the objective of the project was to ensure that rainwater falling on the roads did not just ended up in drains. Instead it could be used to recharge the water bodies and also generate electricity.

In the project, the students have ensured that the rainwater is filtered inside the side drains through slow sand filtration process, which could be used for drinking and farming and for generating electricity. The Enlil turbines used could generate electricity through wind energy generated by the movement of vehicles on the water-logged road. A single Enlil turbine is capable of producing 1 KW of power every hour and could easily provide average daily electricity consumption of two households, the students explained.

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