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POWERleap Harnesses Energy From Foot Steps!

Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On April 14, 2009 @ 1:55 pm In Design,Environment,Greener Gadgets,Innovation,Kinetic Energy,Renewable Energy,Urban design | 12 Comments

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Here’s a brilliant invention that makes us wonder why all city sidewalks aren’t covered in piezoelectric tiles [2]. POWERleap [3] is a floor tiling system that converts wasted energy from human foot traffic into electricity. The magic behind that awesomeness is piezoelectric technology [2] and advanced circuitry design, which converts pitter-patter into power. First showcased in 2007 as part of Metropolis magazine’s Next Generation design competition [4], we see HUGE potential from this invention. Individual footsteps might not produce a significant amount of power, but if you consider the total kinetic energy from stampedes of shoppers on 5th avenue, (or commuters in a train station [5], or revelers in a nightclub [6]), it all adds up fast and could be a viable energy source to power specific applications like lights.


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=24286

[2] piezoelectric tiles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piezoelectric

[3] POWERleap: http://powerleap.net/index.html

[4] Metropolis magazine’s Next Generation design competition: http://www.metropolismag.com/story/20070518/the-power-of-youth

[5] commuters in a train station: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/16/green-a-go-go-at-londons-first-eco-disco/

[6] revelers in a nightclub: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/02/sustainable-dance-club-opens-in-rotterdam/

[7] READ MORE AT INHABITOTS >: http://www.inhabitots.com/2009/04/14/powerleap-harnesses-energy-from-little-feet/

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