New French pavement generates electricity

Pavement power: French feet generate juice one step at a time

Toulouse is using pedestrian power to generate electricity (JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images).
Toulouse is using pedestrian power to generate electricity (JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images).

While it is well-known that Dubai is not pedestrian-friendly, pounding the pavements here could ultimately have a new meaning if an energy-saving experiment in France is anything to go by, where pedestrians are using specially-designed pavements to generate electricity in a two-week energy-saving trial in Toulouse.

The group of paving slabs installed in the city centre can generate 30 watts of electricity, enough to power overhead street lights. The pavement was invented by Dutch firm Jaap Van der Braak.

"It is an experiment for now, but this system, unique in the world, allows us to anticipate a whole series of applications for the city," the deputy mayor in charge of sustainable development, Alexandre Marciel, told Reuters.

The paving slabs contain micro-sensors that capture the energy created by people walking on them, and store it in a battery. This could enable the city to collect electricity during the day for use at night when there are fewer people on the streets.
 

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