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Generating Power from Pavement

Researchers at Novotech, Inc. of Acton, Massachusetts and two Massachusetts universities are developing a method to channel heat from asphalt and other paving materials into usable power. In addition to the power directly generated by the asphalt, this process would also lower the rate of buckling in the pavement and reduce the “urban heat island” effect generated when the heat from the pavement warms the nearby air. This should lower air conditioning use in urban areas, reducing the power needs for the area.