Intel has installed a ‘walking power project’ at it’s campus in Bengaluru. If you walk into the office, there is a walkway installed at their newly opened design house ‘SRR4’ at its 44 acre campus on sarjapur ring road. The walkway is installed with energy harvesting tiles.
Every time an employee or a visitor step on the walkway, their footsteps triggers electricity generation. It is called as “footfall harvesting”.
The tile surface flexed when stepped on, which creates kinetic energy that is then converted into off-grid energy and data. It produces an average of 7 watts continuous power per footstep while a person walks on it. The end result is clear enough though.
The interactive walkway installation is enabled with Intel Architecture. The walkway measuring 7.7sq. metres will produce up to 4 joules of energy. It will power a bright LED lighting display at the entrance of the building.
This is seen as renewable technology and as a potential alternative to solar, which is difficult to use indoors or in built-up urban areas that are prone to shade.
In addition to street lighting, the technology is suited to low energy applications such as advertising displays and signage.
Flooring can be made from any number of sustainable materials, making it, generally, an eco-friendly feature in homes and businesses alike. Now, however, flooring could be even more “green”.
How it works:
The method uses a common waste material: wood pulp. The pulp, already a common component of flooring, is partly made of cellulose nanofibers. They’re tiny fibers that, when chemically treated, produce an electrical charge when they come into contact with untreated nanofibers.
When the nanofibers are embedded within flooring, they’re able to produce electricity that can be harnessed to power lights or charge batteries. And because wood pulp is a cheap, abundant and renewable waste product of several industries, flooring that incorporates the new technology could be as affordable as conventional materials.
The new Intel building, constructed with an investment of Rs.1,100 crore, is equipped with IoT-based smart features. It anvails renewable energy sources like solar and fuel cells for power generation, which is expected to meet 40% of the building’s power demand.