20 Aug '12, 2pm

These floor tiles let you generate energy just by walking around

These floor tiles let you generate energy just by walking around

Just in case you thought the only thing going on at the London Olympics was Ryan Lochte getting laid and people complaining about some poor girl’s hair, well, there was actually much more happening right under people’s noses. Or, more accurately, under their feet. Great (literal!) strides in renewable energy history were being taken, by way of an emerging technology called footfall harvesting . Inventor Laurence Kemball-Cook, a 26-year-old industrial design engineer, created a tiled walkway from the West Ham underground station to Olympic Park. The walkway looked ordinary enough, but the tiles were capable of converting the force of people’s footsteps into electricity — more than enough electricity to keep the walkway streetlamps illuminated at full power all night, and at half power during the day. Naturally, footfall harvesting is a little more complicated than “you walk...

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