Jacopo Sala

GoodYear's wheel concept. Energy from pressure and heat

Discussion created by Jacopo Sala Partner on 16-Jan-2017

Hello everyone, some times ago I wrote about the Audi concept for energy harvesting suspensions in car. The concept was back there to harvest energy from bumps and off-track paths, where the amount of energy becomes relevant to power electrical appliances inside the car: Audi's new suspension to convert bumps into Energy! 


Now GoodYear has decided to generate electricity from the wheels. Here's their presentation that you can find on their website along with some of their newest concepts: Innovation through technologies | Goodyear 


"The BH03 futuristic concept tire has the potential to revolutionize the automotive industry"

As interest for electric cars grows in the global marketplace, this type of innovation is expected to play a role in ongoing discussions on the future of mobility. This visionary tire technology could eliminate the vehicle-range anxiety motorists may have with electric cars.

This concept has the capacity to produce its own electricity. Conceived by Goodyear’s Innovation Center engineers and simply called by its development code “BH03”, the tire can transform generated deformation into electrical energy.

This electrical energy could supply the batteries of the car’s hybrid powertrain, as well as other on-board technologies. The tire generates electricity via the action of two types of material:
• Thermoelectric material transforms the heat generated by a rolling tire into electric energy.
• Piezoelectric material transforms the pressure due to structure deformation into electric energy.

The tire is a purely conceptual development and is designed to be part of the company’s innovation thought process. There is no plan to release this tire to the market."


What do you think about it?