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A new breed of energy-harvesting platforms makes the most of potential kinetic energy. British tech company Pavegen installs special pavement that can capture kinetic energy from individuals walking over it and convert that energy to usable power. Pavegen’s technology can be used in transport hubs, retail environments, and smart-city installations—or in any location that gets heavy foot traffic. ETH Zürich has combined wooden floors with silicon and metal ions to produce energy from human footsteps to power LED bulbs and other electrical devices. Spurred by Russia cutting off much of the natural gas that normally powers Europe, the Italian town of Borno used cyclists on stationary bikes to power the local Christmas tree. Even a Scottish nightclub has taken advantage of kinetic energy, using a technology known as Bodyheat to capture heat produced from dancers and turn it into power.

Kinetic power


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