01 Sep '11, 10pm

Power Full Jogging Shoes

Power Full Jogging Shoes

Ever wondered, as you pound along the pavements, just how much power your jogging could be generating? Well, now we have an answer: up to a whole kilowatt during a quick sprint. This is according to Tom Krupenkin , professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He and a fellow researcher, J Ashley Taylor, have come up with an innovative new way of harnessing that power using liquid-based energy harvesters embedded into people’s shoes. Grabbing power from a person’s jogging or walking action is nothing new but it has often involved a large and clunky apparatus surrounding the person’s shoes. The Krupenkin-Taylor solution is much more elegant. In effect, a small pouch of liquid is inserted into the sole of a specially made shoe. The contents of the pouch interact with a nanostructure to produce an electric current in a process known as reverse el...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/09/01/power-full-jogging-sh...

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