Piezoelectric Power Generation from Automotive Tires
Asvini Thivakaran
Round Rock, Texas
2022 Finalist
Cedar Valley Middle School
8139 Racine Trl
Austin, TX 78717-4915
7th grade | 13 years old
Global warming, climate change, and air pollution are some of the most prevalent global issues of today. High levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere create concern for the health of our environment. The transportation sector is the largest contributor to U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, many of which come from passenger cars. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from passenger cars, the use of electric vehicles needs to grow, but the drawback for many is the limited power of electric vehicle use. To help solve this issue, Asvini invented a way to generate clean power while driving to increase the distance an electric vehicle can travel before needing to be charged. Asvini’s invention uses piezo material on automotive tires to generate clean, environmentally friendly power that will recharge a car while driving. She hopes her invention will attract more people to buy electric vehicles and help reduce the carbon footprint associated with driving.
Why did you enter the Young Scientist Challenge?
I entered the Young Scientist Challenge because I wanted to share my project with the world and make it implemented. I would like to have an opportunity to work with 3M scientists.
What is your favorite invention of the last 100 years, and why?
My favorite invention of the last 100 years is the internet. The internet is a vital part of our lives and our society. The Internet can be used for communicating, learning, entertainment, and working. The internet is a great tool to connect the entire world together. That is why it is my favorite invention.
In 15 years I hope to be...
An engineer, and I will try to make the world a better place for everyone.
I wanted to inspire others to do a little more to save the place where we are living and save the planet”
Asvini Thivakaran