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Earth Day 2010: Pedestrians Generate Their Own Street Lighting

Posted in architecture, ideas by aldorf on April 22, 2010

Toulouse, in south-east France, is experimenting a new pedestrian crossing system.

The local authorities have set up a temporary pavement made from eight suspended Plexiglas slabs. The vibration caused by walking on the plates sets off a series of vertical and micro movements which are converted into electricity. That is enough to generate up to 50 watts, sufficient to illuminate a set of LEDs and a street light.

The system is supplied by the Dutch company, Sustainable Dance Club who gained their reputation by setting up anexperimental energy-generating dance floor where part of the lighting was supplied by the movement of the dancers themselves.

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  1. Kedar Sapkota said, on April 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I hope the celebration of earth day will help to save the earth.

  2. David said, on April 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Earth Day 40 should be both a celebration of what we have accomplished and reminder of how much work we still need to do to bring our Mother Earth back into a healthy balance. We have today more awakened citizens of Earth who know their responsibility. We also have a powerful force for continued air pollution, poisoning of our waters, destruction of our natural environment, unforgivable killing of wild life, contamination of our food chain, obstructionism by powerful lobbies to prevent long term change because of short term profit and the list goes on. Every voice is needed for humanity to speak out as a Family to stop the insanity. Thank you for what you are doing today and in the future to awaken a sleeping public.

    Keep on keeping on walking and working for the future of our planet.
    Mother Earth has given us life. Our heart beat frequency in hertz is the same as that of planet Earth/Gaia. When will we wake up and realize we are actually really scientifically spiritually One with the Life of Earth? I hope soon.

  3. itsmygalaxy said, on April 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    This is fascinating! If we could find an affordable way to gain energy without hurting the environment, we could make every day an Earth Day.

  4. nduff said, on April 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    That is incredible!!!!! Going green at its finest!!

  5. 1Dental said, on April 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Very cool! I wonder how long it will be before trying something like this in the States? Or maybe they have and I just haven’t heard about it. Great Earth Day post 🙂

  6. yogathirst said, on April 22, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    That is so cool!!! Imagine a night club fully powered by its dancers… nifty!

  7. binzy said, on April 22, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Very precious information. Thanks for sharing !!

  8. Tara said, on April 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    This is awesome!

  9. brelandkent said, on April 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Great Blog, Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. Kris said, on April 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    What a cool idea! However, I dont know what implications weather would have on the functionality… like a lot of snow on the Plexiglass etc.

  11. ramonakent said, on April 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    They need to do that in New Orleans…

  12. apocalypsecakes said, on April 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    These panels are awesome. Thanks for posting. I hope it will curb pollution and save energy so that we don’t all end up eating Global Warming Hot Apple Pie.
    http://apocalypsecakes.wordpress.com/2009/05/28/global-warming-hot-apple-pie/

  13. neurotype said, on April 22, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Awesome. Let’s use all that wasted energy whenever we can!

  14. Stir-Fried Dinosaur said, on April 22, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I’ve heard about this before! Well, it was all very theoretical. But someone was saying that if they did this for most of the sidewalks in NYC, they could potentially power most of the city that way.

    I really hope they take the hypothetical into tangible on this one, on a massive scale!

    Thanks for the post. Happy Earth Day, friends!

  15. izziedarling said, on April 22, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    That is totally cool. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Remain.Simple said, on April 22, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Good idea, but the cost of these would be an outrageous sum if applied to the entire sidewalk of a city and the production of energy would decrease over time as well as the cost of repair would be extremely high. Only NYC could possibility create enough green energy this way for it to be feasible.

    Thx for sharing,
    Remain.Simple

  17. dreamlivedream said, on April 23, 2010 at 12:27 am

    I want that dancefloor in my lounge! Brilliant, thanks for sharing with us : )

  18. Brian Gruss said, on April 23, 2010 at 4:20 am

    That is totally cool. I think it would be kind of like going to the discotech on a Friday night.

  19. goatsbeesplants said, on April 23, 2010 at 5:18 am

    What a great idea!! Thanks for the food for thought!

  20. happysole said, on April 23, 2010 at 5:58 am

    i wonder how it looks like at night? i hope they make it permanent! =)

  21. Joan said, on April 23, 2010 at 6:00 am

    I HAD MY LIGHTS ON ALL DAY TO CELEBRATE.

    IF YOU KNEW WHAT IS IN STORE FOR YOU IF THE COMMUNIST THUGS PASS THE CAP ANDTRADE YOU WILL NOT BE SO EAGER TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY.

    IT WILL INCREASE YOUR TAXES IN HUGE AMOUNTS, IT WILL COST YOU A THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR EACH PERSON IN YOUR HOUSE INCLUDING YOUR CHILDREN SO IF YOU HAVE 3 CHILDREN, AND TWO ADULTS IT WILL COST YOU AN ADDITIONAL 5000 GRAND A YEAR IN TAXES NOT COUNTING ALL THE TAXES ON ALL THE NEW REQUIRED SYSTEMS THEY WILL CHARGE YOUR FOR.

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THIS IS ONLY A WAY TO MAKE THE HUGE COMPANIES RICHER AND RICHER AND YOU POORER AND POORER.
    PRETTY SOON THEY WILL HAVE YOU RITE WHERE THEY WANT YOU AND THAT IS TO BE TOTALLLY RUN BY THE GOVT.
    NO PRIVATE JOBS,
    THEY EVEN HAVE A NEW NAME FOR YOU. I DON’T REMEMBER IT EXACTLY BUT SOMETHING LIKE A WORK SOURCE MACHINE.

    • jenclinton said, on April 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm

      lady… you’re intense. haha

  22. hanneymonster said, on April 23, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Interesting, can’t say a quite agree, but I like your opinion.

  23. scattered.intentions said, on April 23, 2010 at 11:26 am

    that’s so cool.. great idea to go green ..

  24. jenclinton said, on April 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    it’s like motion sensor lights for outside! now if only the sidewalks would also follow you with euro-techno… HA

    http://jenclinton.wordpress.com

  25. JC said, on April 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Sounds like something that would happen on Earth day, even though to most people, earth day is every day.

  26. SMUCoxWeb said, on April 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Unfortunately, they don’t tell you what goes into making such a system. How much cadmium (toxic heavy metal) is required? What about lead and mercury? And plexiglass – that’s far from being a “green” substance.

    Much of what I see touted as “green” actually isn’t. For those of you that recycle, think about how much energy is consumed by having special trucks to pick up your recycling, and then having to operate a special facility to sort it… Not so “green” :/

    • jenclinton said, on April 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm

      but imagine what would happen if we didn’t? we have to start somewhere (recycling) before we can go whole hog and do something crazy like only using TRULY biodegradable plastics.

  27. Andrea said, on April 25, 2010 at 7:22 am

    This is way cool, and would be amazing. Yes there’s a lot that goes into making it, but as someone has said, we need o start with this kind of thing and then biodegradable plastics, and recycling.

    I think this is such a cool thing. What an idea to start off Earth Day!

  28. thehatlist said, on April 26, 2010 at 1:21 am

    this is amazing. i want to add this to my hat list! check it out at http://thehatlist.wordpress.com/


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