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Energy Harvesting from Pavements


A. Dawson

Rajib Mallick


Pejman Keikhaei Dehdezi


Jainty Gopalakrishnan

Wynand JvdM Steyn

John Harvey


Against a background of the immense solar radiation incident with available pavement surfaces, the opportunity for energy to be harvested from pavements is investigated. While the emphasis is on the harvesting of solar-derived heat energy, some attention is also paid to the collection of energy derived from displacement of the pavement by traffic and to solar energy converted directly to electricity via photovoltaic systems embedded in pavements. Basic theory of heat collection is covered along with a discussion of the relevant thermal properties of pavement materials that affect heat transmission and storage in a pavement. Available technologies for pavement energy harvesting are reviewed and some of their advantages and limitations reviewed. The chapter continues with some descriptions of the ways in which the harvested energy can be stored and then used before ending with sections on evaporative cooling of pavements and system evaluation.


Dawson, A., Mallick, R., Hernandez, A. G., & Dehdezi, P. K. (2014). Energy Harvesting from Pavements. In J. Gopalakrishnan, W. J. Steyn, & J. Harvey (Eds.), Climate change, energy, sustainability and pavements (481-517). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Acceptance Date Sep 26, 2014
Online Publication Date Sep 26, 2014
Publication Date 2014
Deposit Date Jun 28, 2016
Pages 481-517
Series Title Green energy and technology
Book Title Climate change, energy, sustainability and pavements
ISBN 978-3-662-44718-5
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