Sustainable Energy Bike Lanes with Applications in the City of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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This activity is in response to NSF Dear Colleague Letter Supporting Transition of Research into Cities through the US ASEAN ((Association of Southeast Asian Nations Cities) Smart Cities Partnership in collaboration with NSF and the US State Department. Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) will be partnering with University Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) at Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia, to develop renewable energy sources for bike lanes in KL. Kuala Lumpur is the largest city in Malaysia, and it is home to approximately 1.808 million people. The city has an 11 km long dedicated bicycle lane to reduce traffic congestion. The partnership between PVAMU and UNITEN will accelerate innovation in bike lane energy technologies. The vision of the project is to develop composite power generating cells that will generate power when bikes are ridden on the power generating cells. The energy will be harvested from composite power generating cells and will be laid on the bike lanes. The harvested energy will be used for emergency lamps along the bikeways to give more safety to the bikers or provide electric power for electronic signs installed alongside the bikeways. In addition, the harvested energy will be used for charging gadgets and provide purified water for bikers or pedestrians. The multi-sourced energy system will have applications in supplying power for (i) rainwater purification through reverse osmosis systems, (ii) emergency lights, and (iii) charging stations in the bike lanes in the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The system will be initially tested at PVAMU and will then be integrated with UNITEN and piloted in Kuala Lumpur. The project will have a huge impact on the green lifestyle of the people at Kuala Lumpur. Moreover, the research matured in this project may be suitable for use in other ASEAN cities as well as many cities and towns in the United States to provide renewable energy sources for their bike lanes.

The main goals of the project are: (i) develop a composite power generating cells that generate power under pressure, (ii) design charge collection electronic circuits to store the generated power, (iii) fabricate an integrated pad system with power generating cells, charge collection circuits, battery storage, and paint, (iv) install and test the integrated pad system at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The activity will leverage research at Prairie View A&M and UNITEN. To enable the use in bike lanes, thin-film PZT cells with optimized thickness will be developed. The energy and thickness of the film will be determined for each type of nanomaterial of the PZT cell. Experiments will be conducted to determine cells’ edge-to-edge distances, total energy output, the thickness of the PZT, and time responses of energy accumulation. A microcontroller-based energy monitoring system will manage the energy production and consumption for mobile charging applications. The cells will be configured with a matrix of paint strips on bike lanes. In addition to the composite power generating cells, solar panels will be combined in various places throughout the bike lanes to the energy-collection-rail, thus creating the sustainable multi-sourced energy system for the bike lanes. Various experiments will be performed to optimize the energy process from the bike lane. The design will be tested at PVAMU and then integrated into a bike lane infrastructure in Kuala Lumpur. The PVAMU and UNITEN team will be collaborating with city planning personnel to validate the concept and support evaluation as part of KL smart city activities.

Shuza Binzaid, Ph.D. is very adaptive and flexible to make changes as necessary in the workplace and willing to set priority in the job position. Possess excellent communication skills that also include written, oral, and visual media. Keen on logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the targeted solutions. Appropriate knowledge to translate theory and practice in the focused discipline. Experienced in principles, methods, and knowledge of measurements. Very willing to take on responsibilities, leadership, directions, and challenges for monitoring process of the innovative technologies. About 20 years of experience in various projects for leading and supervising very innovative teams of engineers at professional, academic graduate, and undergraduate levels. More than 14 years of experience in various fields of energy effects, energy conservation, and renewable energy engineering projects. Shuza taught a few engineering required and major courses of undergraduate and combined graduate levels in 4 universities in the last 10 years in Power Electronics, Energy Conversions, Electric Machines, Semiconductor, etc. As an academician and expert in microelectronics, having a depth of knowledge in VLSI for 2D and 3D CAD with simulation and analysis using PSpice, Cadence, MatLab, and Sentaurus/Synopsys. Also experienced in the systems-level design of sensor and sensing modules, computational modeling, programming microcontrollers, energy conversion process, and interface design for advanced electronic applications. Honored as The Fellow of The Pavan Educational Trust, India, Fellowship # FLSL/2013/76, Date: 03/15/2013. Received recognition of Excellent Research and Teaching certificate from both the senator and the US Governor of Texas in 2017. Received certificate of top-quality research from NSF in 2017. Proved quality of leadership towards identifying problems, resolving critical challenges, finding an unconventional workaround, and thus bringing practical applications for today’s demanding fields of energy engineering, where some of them also yielded novel ideas, highly innovative, and considered for 14 patentable technologies. One of the patents in energy conservation technology is being commercialized by a startup company Oxion Inc. in California, USA. More than 75 research topics have been published and 11 news coverage was made for making significant technological advancements. Strong vision and ability to advance technologies in various engineering fields.
Performance Period: 06/15/2020 - 07/31/2024
Institution: Prairie View A & M University
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Award Number: 2025641
Core Areas: International