It’s been said a million times before but we’ll say it again: Technology is incredible! We are fortunate to live in a world where innovation and creativity thrive, and new technology is being imagined all the time.
We have smart phones, smart fridges, and even smart toilets. And now, in this exciting age of evolving technology, we have kinetic energy.
Kinetic energy has been on everyone's lips and has been discussed over the past few years as a possible resource for the construction industry.
"The opportunities for the construction industry to take advantage of this innovative source of energy are endless"
Kinetic energy is in everything that moves. Put simply kinetic energy is the energy possessed by an object due to its motion.
This resource is amazing because its energy is renewable and now, it is being harnessed to serve as a huge energy source.
The opportunities for the construction industry to take advantage of this innovative source of energy are endless. Kinetic energy could be used in the future construction of roadways in the UK, and already is being experimented with on roads by Italian startup Underground Power.
"This resource is amazing because its energy is renewable"
Here in the UK however, we are getting a taste of what it would be like to experience the benefits of kinetic energy thanks to London tech company Pavegen.
They created the world's first kinetic powered street, complete with birdsong by day and lights by night.
The way it works is simple. As people walk over the walkway, the pressure from their feet causes generators in the flooring to displace vertically.
Kinetic energy is created by electromagnetic induction which can then be used to power devices. In this case, the energy created is what powers the lovely birdsong people hear and the lights that appear at night.
Each step someone takes on the walkway is good for around 3 joules of energy. That might not sound like much but it is enough energy to light an LED streetlamp for about 30 seconds.
If you got hold of more tiles and had enough footsteps you could generate enough energy to be stored in batteries and even help to power electrical items!
This invention will definitely inspire other tech companies to follow suit and look at creative ways they can contribute to kinetic technology.
This fascinating tech has already appeared at some impressive events. In 2012, 12 tiles were fitted along the walking route to the Olympic Park. It was estimated by Pavegen that over the course of the games the tiles gathered energy from over 12 million footsteps!
This generated a whopping 72 million joules of energy, which is enough to charge 10,000 mobile phones for an hour. Incredible.
"This invention will definitely inspire other tech companies to follow suit and look at creative ways they can contribute to kinetic technology"
The life-changer in all of this is that using this technology more in public spaces, offices, and schools, offers a seriously amazing contribution towards sustainable energy.
Kinetic paving and other innovative solutions like this, can really turn the tide and make our world a better place to live in.
Content Writer Executive at Bobtrade , relishes in learning about the innovative technology in the construction industry , mama to my beautiful 4 year old, Benjamin, blogger and video games enthusiast.!