Earth Day 2010: Pedestrians Generate Their Own Street Lighting
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.