Magic carpet turns footsteps into fuel

  An innovative new carpet could harvest energy from footsteps to power a building’s LED lighting system. Interior design firm Hillarys has created the Kinetic Carpet concept as a potential […]

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By Jonny Bairstow
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An innovative new carpet could harvest energy from footsteps to power a building’s LED lighting system.

Interior design firm Hillarys has created the Kinetic Carpet concept as a potential way to become more environmentally friendly and cut electricity bills in the future.

Positioned in a busy part of the home such as a hallway, the technology could supply a range of low-energy appliances with electricity.

It would feature a thin base made up of small ‘power blocks’, each containing piezoelectric material that would compress up to 8mm under the weight of a footstep.

Piezoelectric means a material that generates an electrical charge when under stress, such as bearing weight.