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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
Here’s a brilliant invention that makes us wonder why all city sidewalks aren’t covered in piezoelectric tiles . POWERleap  is a floor tiling system that converts wasted energy from human foot traffic into electricity. The magic behind that awesomeness is piezoelectric technology  and advanced circuitry design, which converts pitter-patter into power. First showcased in 2007 as part of Metropolis magazine’s Next Generation design competition , 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 , or revelers in a nightclub ), it all adds up fast and could be a viable energy source to power specific applications like lights.
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 piezoelectric tiles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piezoelectric
 POWERleap: http://powerleap.net/index.html
 Metropolis magazine’s Next Generation design competition: http://www.metropolismag.com/story/20070518/the-power-of-youth
 commuters in a train station: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/16/green-a-go-go-at-londons-first-eco-disco/
 revelers in a nightclub: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/02/sustainable-dance-club-opens-in-rotterdam/
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