Walking in the Lightby: Taly Weiss November 5, 2009
Pavegen converts kinetic energy produced by pedestrians while walking into electricity that is stored withing the slab. With a minuscule flex of 5mm, the energy generating pavement is able to absorb the kinetic energy produced by every footstep, creating 2.1 watts of electricity per hour. This energy can potentially power lights, computers, automatic doors and ticket machines at tube stations. The system has been tested in East England.
Similar use of kinetic energy:
- East Japan Railway Company: kinetic energy generated by the crowds walking on Tokyo Station’s floor will power the ticket gates and the display systems.
- POWERleap is a floor tiling system that converts wasted energy from human foot traffic into electricity.
TrendOriiginal: Laurence Kemball-Cook, Pavegen Systems
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