Publication date: 12-07-2017 18:21
Francisco Duarte, a student of the Doctoral Program in Transportation Systems of the University of Coimbra, within the MIT-Portugal Program, was the winner of the BIG Smart Cities 2017 contest. The prize awarding ceremony took place on July 11, 2017, at the Centro Cultural de Cascais.
The student competed with the PAVNEXT (Pavement Energy Efficient Extractor) project, an alternative to the speed reducing lofts associated with pedestrian crossings, allowing the reduction of accidents and their seriousness, simultaneously converting the kinetic energy of the vehicles into electrical energy.
By winning this national entrepreneurship competition, Francisco Duarte receives a prize of 10,000 euros, a work space and a 6-month acceleration period, a trip to Ericsson's innovation centre in Europe and access to the experimental city of Cascais to test the pilot of the technological solution he developed in the scope of his nearly finished doctoral thesis.