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)
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)

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Debera Harward
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Harvest Energy from footsteps
Debera Harward   4/22/2013 7:40:30 PM
Other than this tile technology i have come across a japenese shoe technology as well which helps to generate electricity . The shoe looks like a sandal with a watery cushioned sole inside it when you  put weight on it the water sloshes to generate power ,Generator attached to each pair helps convert   the power into electric energy which helps to juice up your ipod or any electronic device .

Debera Harward
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Energy from Footsteps
Debera Harward   4/22/2013 7:31:07 PM
Elizebeth very surprising technology and if it really generates 5W of kinetic energy per footstep than it can be very usefull by placing these tiles in large malls because their is usually large crowd which when walk will help to produce large amount of energy.Secondly it can also be used Near Muslims pilgimage place Kaba where thousand of people are continously moving around .

Charles Murray
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Re: Harvesting Energy
Charles Murray   4/22/2013 5:47:14 PM
I'm surprised to hear that they can generate 8W for the duration of a footstep. Can you imagine how much power could be generated if you put these in a place like O'Hare Airport in Chicago?

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apresher   4/22/2013 5:31:04 PM
Elizabeth,  Very interesting technology.  Any idea how early stage this company and how many installations they have already placed?  Thanks.

Elizabeth M
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Re: How's this on the feet?
Elizabeth M   4/22/2013 12:55:21 PM
Yes, it definitely has some give, from what I understand, Rob. But I don't think it's TOO sponge-y. The flex is 5mm, which isn't that much, so I imagine it would be a little bit like those people movers at airports. But I don't know for sure. I guess the only way to know is to test it or talk to someone who has.

Rob Spiegel
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How's this on the feet?
Rob Spiegel   4/22/2013 12:37:29 PM
That is a great idea, but I'd like to see how it feels to walk on this material. To create electricity, I would guess it would need to have some give. If this material is anything like the recycled tire material used on playgrounds, it will be a less than desirable walking experience. Walking on the playground material is like walking in a trampoline.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Go green
Elizabeth M   4/22/2013 7:48:38 AM
I thought that was a good use of recycled materials as well, AnandY, especially since tire rubber itself is such a wasteful product. What better way to reuse it then to turn it into something that can create energy?

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AnandY   4/22/2013 6:34:50 AM
The tiles -- made of recycled polymer concrete and assorted polymers in addition to tire rubber

Wow tiles build by recycled polymer and tire rubber means smart-city with go-green technolgy. This adds as a bonus to environment.

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