Problem: The Implications of Non-Renewable Energy
Non-renewable energy has become synonymous with dirty energy, harming both human health and the environment’s natural resources. For this reason, new forms of renewable energy are becoming more and more widely accepted and implemented.
Technology: “POWERleap Harnesses Energy From Foot Steps!” by Jill Fehrenbacher
Introduced in 2007 at Metropolis Magazine’s Next Generation design competition, POWERleap is a floor tiling system that converts wasted energy from human foot traffic into electricity. POWERleap uses what is called piezoelectric technology, which describes the electric charge that accumulates in certain solid materials (such as crystals, certain ceramics, and biological matter such as bone, DNA and various proteins) in response to applied mechanical stress. This, combined with a highly sophisticated circuitry system, can create electricity. This form of electricity has huge potential, considering there are areas with major foot traffic, like 5th Avenue or even a dance club, both of which could generate large amounts of electricity.
Companies/Buildings that install the technology
In order to implement this technology on a large-scale, a number of investors need to be introduced
Since the technology is still in the beginning stages, it will need to reach out to small-scale partners, for example, schools, gyms, etc. that are looking to implement something like POWERleap in their facilities to promote physical activity and, as an after-thought, electricity.
Create a local (later national) campaign promoting the use of POWERleap in commercial building steps and other large areas.