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Student licenses pedal-power invention for NT$2 million

2011/03/01 18:03

Taipei, March 1 (CNA) A senior undergraduate got her first "potof gold" Tuesday by licensing her patented invention -- a pedal-powerLED lighting system for bicycles -- to a local company for NT$2million (US$67,453).

The invention has already won Liu Yi-chun, of Asia University'sDepartment of Creative Product Design, a gold medal at the SeoulInternational Invention Fair 2010 held last November.

Hung Chin-jui, president of Modern Solid Industrial Co., said thesystem has very high market potential because of its energyconservation aspect and its practicality.

Hung said his company is planning to mass-produce bicycle partsbased on Liu's idea before expanding its use to the production ofhiking footwear.

According to 22-year-old Liu, the invention stemmed from her ownchildhood experience in rural Pingtung County in southern Taiwan,where she was once nearly hit by a car while riding her bicycle on apoorly illuminated street.

Whereas bicycle lights are usually installed separately andrequire regular battery changes, her invention has LED lightsinstalled on the pedals that are powered by a pedal-propelled minigenerator and equipped with a rechargeable battery, Liu explained.

She described the licensing deal as a surprise gain and said sheplans to spend the income on travel and study.

(By Sophia Chen and Y.F. Low)ENDITEM/J