18 Jul '12, 1pm

A kinetic sidewalk at the London Olympic Games gathers up energy from the footsteps of passers-by: via @EarthTechling

A kinetic sidewalk at the London Olympic Games gathers up energy from the footsteps of passers-by: via @EarthTechling

Olympic Delivery Authority/via London 2012 is promising to put on the most energy-efficient Olympics ever . To be perfectly honest, the kinetic-power-lit sidewalk going in at West Ham station, forecast to generate a grand total of 21 kilowatt-hours of electricity over the course of the Games, won’t be a significant contributor to the cause. In fact, we’d be surprised if some enterprising enviro-skeptic doesn’t step into the comments section here with an argument as to why the energy that goes into manufacturing and installing the system will likely outstrip its actual production, or about how giving up 6 extra watts of power per footstep is going to tucker out pedestrians. Still, you can’t beat it for how-about-that appeal. The project is set for a temporary footbridge that will allow spectators to avoid passing through the West Ham station itself as they make their way fr...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/kinetic-sidewa...

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