A group of 18 East Hartford High School freshmen may have found a good way to clear snow from the tops of 18-wheelers.
They developed what they call “Snow Belt,” which is basically a solar-powered conveyor belt on top of a truck which moves snow and ice off the back, rolls back up, and then re-stows between the cab and trailer.
Snow Belt is still very much a work in progress, but the Motor Transport Association Of Connecticut likes the direction the concept is going in.
“Most of the trucks will spend the night in a snow storm, out in a remote area, this kind of an idea could have application,” Mike Riley, the association president, said.
The students are already looking forward to next Winter to tighten up their Snow Belt components. “We’re going to find out what happens when the snow comes, how is it working when we slide everything off, does it really come off, what material do we have to use?,”Akwasi Wiredu wondered.
The students will present their Snow Belt project at the Student Innovation Expo at the State Armory in Hartford May 17.