Electrical Energy Harvesting from Vibrations
UK Power Networks
UKPN Innovation Team
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Low Carbon Generation
Electrical Energy Harvesting from vibrations and footsteps.
In 2005 The Facility Architects Ltd won an international design competition which sought creative architectural ideas for restoring the 1,000 railway arches in London. Included in The Facilitys proposal was the intention to use power harvesting generators to capture some of the ambient energy in the arch (e.g. vibrational energy transferred through the arch by trains passing overhead, kinetic energy lost into the ground by pedestrians as they walk through the arch) and convert it into electrical energy that could be used to power electrical devices such as low power LED lights.
The project has been restructured into four phases:
- Technical feasibility and system integration
- Economic feasibility
- Pilot project
- Business Development.