As days and years pass, we are inventing more innovative ways to harness energy. Be it devices that gather energy from the sun, the moon and the clouds, or solar panels around the Moon that beam the energy to Earth, scientists are coming with unique ways to use green energy.
We know energy can be gathered from wind, water, solar energy etc. But what about footsteps? That is right! A new type of tile aims to harvest energy from footsteps in order to power up the devices in the building. If all goes well the footfall-harnessing energy source will be used on a frequent basis in a grammar school from Canterbury.
The tiles were created by the London-based Pavegen Systems. Afterwards they were installed in the Simon Langton Grammar School. Up to date this is the largest, permanent installation of a footfall-harnessing energy source. Considering how many children walk up and down the pavement every day of the working week, the invention could be worth it.
The tiles take over 16 feet of the hallway. The footsteps cause energy data to be displayed back in real time on a LED screen. After a lot of walking, the children could use the energy to power up their personal devices such as smartphones or tablets.
Unfortunately, the pavement only generates a few watts per footstep. This could power a streetlamp with an LED for about 30 seconds. It will take a lot of walking to gather the necessary energy. The company is planning on expanding this system in more schools. Next on their list is a prep school from New Jersey. The creator of the pavement also stated they are planning on lowering the price. They wish to make it as affordable as linoleum.
The pavement was successful with children because of the visualization. They are allowed to stomp across the hallway with a purpose. Their footsteps brighten the lights in the hallway. What do you think of this invention?
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