GREENVILLE Co., S.C. (WSPA) — The Greenville Technical College Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) will launch its Manufacturing Business Incubator on Tuesday.
CMI is sponsoring two start-up companies working on technology that could change the future of manufacturing.
Medical Beams Laboratories is researching solutions for medical radiation therapy that will surpass common limitations.
Engineering firm Constructis is working on finding new ways to create energy.
The company has been developing a kinetic energy system thanks to sponsorships from both the CMI and the Spartanburg Community College Tyger River Campus. The developing prototype is now fully-functional and can turn traffic into power.
The goal is to take the energy from thousands of cars that drive the roads every day and convert it into electricity.
The systems will be built right under the roads. As cars drive over the rumble strips, the system collects the kinetic energy and converts it into electricity that can be put directly into the grid to power anything from traffic lights to weigh stations.
President and CEO Jim Nigg told 7News it’s a green way to create energy and most people won’t even know the systems are there. He said someone driving over the rumble strips wouldn’t even spill their coffee.
“It’s in the roadway so there’s not gonna be much to see other than these strike tubes, rumble tubes,” Nigg said. “They don’t spin, they depress. They’re round so that we can take traffic from any direction as well as motorcycle safe. This will all be non-skid and sealed up.”
Constructis is hoping to get the first of these systems installed somewhere in the Upstate within the next few months, putting Greenville on the map for not only being home to these inventions, but hopefully being the first to put them into action.
CMI is opening its doors to the public for a tour Wednesday afternoon from 4 to 5 p.m. The center is located at 575 Millennium Boulevard in Greenville.