Energy converting tyre breakthrough at Sumitomo Rubber Industries

Sumitomo Rubber Industries and Kansai University have partnered together to develop a new car tyre technology that generates electric power as it rotates.

Extensive research from Kansai University found that installing an energy harvester directly into a tyre could result in the static electricity that is created by the friction that is formed each time a tyre footprint deforms as it rotates on the road being converted to clean energy.

While the technology is still in the developmental stage, the potential for practical application is great.

Sumitomo Rubber Industries aim to implement the technology into their products to create smart tyre concept that responds to the changes to the automotive industry that demand greater safety and environmental standards for vehicles.

One such product example raised by Sumitomo Rubber Industries is a power source for sensors that can be used in Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems, limiting the need for batteries in the future.

Original source: Cars4Starters | Breakthrough tyres generate power as they turn

29 July 2019