Current Teams

Cycle 1: Vibration Energy Harvester to Power Trackside Electrical Railroad Infrastructure

Home Institution: Stony Brook University

The Team
Principal Investigator - Lei Zuo (pictured)
Technical Lead - Teng Lin
The Project

The team has formed a company called Energy Harvesting Technology. Our technology provides the railroad industry with the ability to harvest & capture energy from the vibrations  of passing trains and then produce predictable & reliable  “remote” trackside electricity to  power a number of trackside railroad applications (via sensors, wireless connectivity).   The result:  A way for railroads to improve train safety and more reliably monitor track conditions in “remote areas.” In 2015 the team successfully completed a prototype and tested the device at the Technology Transportation Center. Since that time, the team has worked to refine the prototype and hopes to begin pilot testing soon.