Innovative electricity generation idea wins SA Chivas Venture IV competition

JOHANNESBURG-  Engineer and inventor Clement Mokoenene was announced as South Africa’s representative to stand a chance to win his share of $1 million in business funding, in his quest to be named South African most innovative social entrepreneur.

Mokoenene went up against four other contenders, with a judging panel including Lucas Radebe, Unathi Msengana and Stafford Masie, all agreed that Mokoenene’s company, VEHS had the best chance of winning the international leg of the Chivas Venture IV competition which is to take place in Amsterdam, Netherlands later this year.

“The calibre of entrepreneurs all vying for a piece of the pie this year was truly remarkable” said Masie. “The ideas shared this year have global applicability and it’s such a pity that we could have only one winner.

”Mokoenene’s very clever lateral thinking drew a connection between road pressure, aeroplanes and electricity generation won him a R350 000 boost for his business when he was chosen as the South African winner.”

Mokenee explained his innovated idea which started in 2011 when he saw the impact on a runway of an A380 Airbus landing, “That got me thinking about the pressure and heat a plane puts on the runway, and from there I looked at our roads and the potholes which are a clear indication of how much pressure they are under.”

This led him to consider how this pressure could be harvested to generate electricity.

He explained that Vehicle Energy Harvesting System, VEHS is, “installing an overlay on an existing road,extracting the pressure and transferring it to the side of the road, similar to a wind turbine that then creates electricity.”

Mokoenene is thrilled to attend the event later this year, “Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I am feeling right now, this is such an amazing opportunity, and I know I will do South Africa proud.

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