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H.E.R.A. , ROAD TO THE FUTURE

H.E.R.A. is an electrically powered metallic modular road surface that is able to reduce pollution in urban centers by 90%.

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Any vehicle can become a hybrid vehicle (internal combustion-electric) if we replace the rear wheels. Thanks to the metallic asphalt H.E.R.A., it is possible to power these electric wheels with hexagonal modules on the road during motion in urban centers.

Getting around by car in urban centers is one of the least comfortable for various reasons: traffic, bad asphalt conditions, high environmental and noise pollution etc. All vehicles need to carry on board their fuel (tank, cylinder, batteries) wasting a part of the total stored energy during motion. The presently used internal combustion engines use more fuel at the lower gears, making urban circulation the most expensive energetically. All these problems pushed me to find a solution easily adaptable for all types of roads and for any vehicle. Consequently, I developed H.E.R.A, a completely new road concept.

H.E.R.A. is an electrically powered metallic modular road surface that is able to reduce pollution in urban centers by 90%, noise pollution by 70%, asphalt maintenance by 98% and it converts all vehicles in hybrid vehicles (internal combustion-electric), eliminating batteries on board for good. H.E.R.A. is made exclusively from recycled materials and it is compatible with all road types. When temperature drops below 0° C, an heating system gets activated to melt snow and ice. If it rains, water does not accumulate, it passes through the grids and the draining edges. Road safety increases by 30% as H.E.R.A. can turn off or limit the power supply nearby pedestrian crossings, schools and playgrounds.

H.E.R.A. is made exclusively from recycled materials and it is compatible with all road types. Hexagons are realized by iron materials from scrapped cars, while insulating materials are from old tires. Compared to other solutions, H.e.r.a. encloses in one concept all solutions to urban problems.


Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

https://www.rithema.it/

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Installation of a 1:1 scale prototype on a short stretch of asphalt for system testing.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

The main business will come from the installation of the sliding brushes and the control unit on the vehicles.

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Hey Rithema null , this is MaCie' one of the facilitators here! Thank you for participating in the challenge. This is a super innovative, unique concept. I have a few questions in regards to your proposal. What would be the cost to install these new surface to the city? Have you been in contact with the city/ the department of public works? And lastly, has your system, and its abilities been tested either in a lab or in a real world scenario?

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Team

Hi MaCie'! Thank you for your interest about our project. The cost varies from 30 to 35 euros per square meter. We are in contact with some italian cities that support the idea. In our lab we are testing the prototype and we will present it at Maker Faire Rome in october. We are available for any other questions , best regards.