Alongside their latest eco-friendly vehicles, Czech auto manufacturer, Skoda, debuted their revolutionary Energy Producing Tiles at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Electric cars seem to be the norm at car shows these days, so it's not surprising that these innovative floor tiles overshadowed Skoda's "Octavia Green E" fully electric concept car. Cars running on electricity are yesterday's news, but these tiles, which produce energy as you walk on them, may have stolen the show.
Using human footsteps to produce energy, these glass-like floor tiles are not only aesthetically appealing but also conserve energy as you walk. For instance, the tiles are capable of producing 6 to 8 watts of energy just from one person merely walking across them just as a person normally would on regular floor tiles. With enough traffic, there's no telling what these tiles could power. Your kitchen? Your home? Your whole office building? What about your city?
Skoda, likely having observed the energy expended by car show visitors as they peruse the displays, installed these tiles in the center of their GreenLine hybrid car display in order to convert the energy exerted by people walking on them into electricity. To demonstrate the amount of power generated, a gauge on either side of the showcase displayed the real-time wattage produced by visitors walking across the tiles. On crowded days, such a floor could generate hundreds of watts per hour.
The tiles of course weren't the main product Skoda intended to promote at the Paris Motor Show; however, the hope was that this revolutionary flooring system would attract visitors to their second generation GreenLine hybrid automobiles. Not only are their ideas for floor tiles eco friendly, but their hybrid cars offer less sexy features such as high-efficiency engines, start-stop technology, as well as break energy regeneration. Skoda's Octavia Green E, a fully electric concept car equipped with a solar paneled roof, may have been the showcased product, but it seems no one told the Energy Producing Tiles this, as that is the product everyone has been buzzing about since.
Sources: TrendHunter.com and PSFK.com