Friday, June 20, 2008

Foot Generators

Here’s a novel innovation to help Eskom eliminate load-shedding. British engineers have developed under-floor mini generators that capture the energy from the footsteps and turn it into usable electricity.

Perhaps gyms - in future - can become self sufficient in terms of energy by installing similar generators in the various machines?

They’ve calculated that 34,000 commuters in London’s Victoria Underground station are capable of powering 6,500 light bulbs every hour. They plan on installing the first foot-powered generators at Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth as tourists climb up and down the 570 steps.

Apparently the imaginative electricity generator was inspired by an American military technology which made use of soldiers’ boot-mounted generators to produce energy.