Smart-City Technology Harvests Energy From Footsteps
These tiles can harvest energy -- up to 8 watts per footstep -- that can be stored and used to power streetlights or other infrastructure in urban areas where there is significant footfall. (Source: Pavegen)
When the energy harvesting is done, and it goes back into the same system, I don't see any problems, but when you start harvesting human energy it opens up a whole can of worms!
We live in a place where we are free to make choices. We expect to know in advance how much something is going to cost before we commit, and if we get charged more it's considered fraud. If I walk on a sidewalk that takes more energy from me than a normal sidewalk and there is no option for me to make a different choice before I walk on it, is it fraud? I don't want to read a 10 page legal document before I enter an area, but it still seems like I should be given the choice before my energy is harvested. What is the threshold? Obviously, costing you your entire life, like in "The Matrix" is something no one would sign up for, but if it only costs 1% more is it "in the noise" and not requiring the opportunity to opt out?
If the government issued every household a stationary bike with a generator and said to be a member of this society, each person has to spend an hour on it each day, we'd be up in arms! How is this different?
Am I the only one who sees a potential problem with my energy being harvest without my prior knowledge/permission?
I think that the technology can already work with cars, or is being adapted already to do so. I'm not entirely sure and have to check with the company on this. But you're right, there is great potential for this to be a use as well.
Elizabeth thanks for the awareness article, Actually this is a great innovation.
The electricity which is made through this is mainly depending on the weight and the number of movement in the flow, cant we able to increase the technology to durable enough to take more weight and more movement. Simply I, am thinking about vehicles in the roads.
I saw a similar technology developed at Purdue a few years ago, bobjengr. It used piezo technology, but I don't know if this one did, too. We may now be reaching a point where developers are going to provide scarce detail, as Liz points out.
That's a good idea, Elizabeth. Those runners are consistent. It's interesting the wide range of energy technology that's appearing these days. And these new energy sources are coming with technology to back it up. It's no longer just a dream.
I agree, Rob, but you're right, you have to have joggers on the tracks to see how the technology is working. I did sort of imagine it would be like the technology you find on those types of tracks, though. Maybe it would be good on some kind of university track, where they have running teams practicing and hosting events.
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