Saudi students find way to ‘clean power’ Mecca’s Jamaraat Bridge

Muslim pilgrims head to perform the "Jamarat" ritual, the stoning of Satan, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca. (AFP)

Two Saudi university students successfully invented a power generating system to produce clean power for the Jamraat Bridge by using renewable energy.

The patent was officially recorded at King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology.

The Jamaraat Bridge is a pedestrian bridge in Mina, Saudi Arabia, near Mecca used by Muslims during the Stoning of the Devil ritual of the Hajj.

Sameh bin Hussam al Affraj and Jihad bin Jassir research at the al-Majma’a University primarily focused on generating electricity directly from solar, wind and kinetic energy emitted by pilgrims’ motions while performing the “Stoning the Devil” ritual.

The electricity generated by the newly invented triple-part system is mainly used to power the cooling system of Jamarat Bridge and recharging the electrical vehicles dedicated for pilgrims’ transport.

“The focus on using solar cells is due to the Kingdom has some of the world’s most intense sunlight,” said Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul Mohsin al-Abd al-Kareem, the head of Engineering Department who supervised the study.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53