People Powered Sidewalks Light Street Lamps in France
Toulouse, France has announced their plans generate the electricity for their street lights by installing sidewalk modules that convert pedestrians' footsteps into power - a concept known as kinetic energy. Using the model developed by Sustainable Dance Club (SDC), a Dutch company, city planners believe that they are breaking ground for future urban sustainability. The designers on the project predict that a section of eight modules should produce from fifty to sixty watts of electrical power, plenty to run the nearby street lights.
The initial testing will last for two weeks to see if the modules, shaped like tiles, will work as well in an outdoor environment as they have done when used in the floors of nightclubs like Rotterdam's Club Watt and London's Surya Club4Climate. The project represents the effort being made by France to become the "south-western technology capital at the forefront of green wizardry" according to Alexandre Marciel, Toulouse's deputy mayor for sustainable development. Converting the energy expended in the basic activities of urban life into a renewable, clean energy source is an ideal solution that appeals to urban planners.
Another project being considered is a revolving door that generates energy with each turn.
Other technologies using kinetic energy: