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Many feet make lights work

June 17, 2008
Posted in Renewable energy

Engineers in Britain have come up with a way to generate electricity from the footsteps of people walking across floors. Under-floor generators that are powered by “heel strikes” may soon be installed in supermarkets and railway stations, according to an article in the UK’s Sunday Times.

The new underfloor generators work like this: a footstep would compress a pad under the floor, driving fluid through mini-turbines that would generate electricity that would be stored in batteries. Engineers at British firm Scott Wilson have modelled the effects of this technology at London’s Victoria tube station, where 34,000 travellers are said pass through every rush hour, and have calculated that they could generate enough electricity to power 6,500 lightbulbs. The firm is in negotiations to install the devices at the station, the Sunday Times reports. Read more