Israel’s Innowattech had previously tested piezoelectric energy generators that can produce renewable energy from passing cars on the highway and now the company has moved to incorporate a similar product on trains. The company is planning the project with the National Railway Company of Israel to research the IPEG PAD, a rail pad that can be used for a smart rail field. The test includes the replacement of 32 existing railway pads with the IPEG PADs that feature piezoelectric generators designed to produce electricity for local solutions. The pads are capable of harvesting mechanical strain and convert it into electrical power. According to the company, a railway track that gets between 10 and 20 ten-car trains an hour can be used to produce up to 120KWh of renewable electricity per hour.
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