Researchers from the Ivanovo region have developed a project for flooring made of panels that could generate electricity from the footsteps of pedestrians. This energy could be used for lighting streets, shop windows, etc.
This floor covering is a panel no thicker than 75 mm. It consists of a piezoelectric generator and an electrical wiring system. When a person walks on the flooring, energy is generated and converted into electricity. It can either be stored in batteries or sent straight to street lighting.
The pavement is based on a highly porous piezoceramic material, which is made using a specially developed technology that increases its lifespan by 2.5 times. One adult's step generates around 30 watts. This is enough to power five LED lights.