Road Energy Harvesting - Product Design and Feasibility Simulation - ON-130

Preferred Disciplines: Looking for electrical, mechanical or electromechanical engineers at the Masters, PhD, or Postdoc level
Project length: 4 months (1unit)
Desired start date: As soon as possible
Location: Toronto, Ontario
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: Focus on universities within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Language: English
Company: Liminal Power Inc.


About Company:

Liminal Power Inc. is a clean tech start up operating in the road infrastructure and clean energy space. We are designing a sustainable road energy harvesting system for the purpose of road heating, in order to eliminate the short and long-term effects of snow and ice accumulation on road infrastructure.

Project Description:

Liminal Power Inc’s problem is the design and computational modelling needed to validate the technical feasibility of an in-road energy harvesting system. As a result, we need assistance with our product development such as technology selection, product design, and the creation of a simulation to determine the parameters required for maximum power output.

The objective of the project is to validate the technical feasibility of road energy harvesting using existing technologies and to begin a product simulation by the end of the 4-month unit.

Background and required skills

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

  • To design a road energy harvesting system (through iterative design) using existing methods and technologies which will:
    • Translate a vehicle’s mechanical energy into electrical energy
    • Produce a high-power output
    • Be modular and easily implementable
  • To validate the technical feasibility of the road energy harvesting system mentioned above, through a simulation
    • Determine the maximum power output possible per generator
    • Determine the acceptable vehicle rate to generate sufficient power
    • Determine the efficiency of energy conversion
  • To determine the most effective method of storing and distributing energy
  • To determine alternative technologies that can be used for feasible road energy harvesting and storage


  • Not known at the present time

Expertise and Skills Needed:

An understanding of:

  • Electricity generation, energy storage and/or power electronics
  • Physics of electromechanical systems
  • Energy harvesting systems using a combination of electrodynamic technologies, such as electromagnetics or piezoelectric materials

MUST be familiar with MATLAB and/or other computational modelling software – programming and design modelling


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