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Groundbreaking Floor Tiles by Skoda

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

Amanda Hinski
Environmental Innovations Blogger
InventorSpot.com

Comments
Oct 21, 2010
by Spencer Lanoue

effciency

Do you know how much electricity those tiles actually produce? I wonder if it's enough to be worthwile for powering a  home or office?

Oct 21, 2010
by Amanda Hinski
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Re: efficiency

Sources don't give an exact amount but say the tiles have "capabilities of producing 6 to 8 watts of energy from a single person walking across a section of tiles."  I wish I could give you more info, but hopefully the idea will catch on and the technology improved so that these tiles or something similar could be used in high-traffic places such as banks and malls.

Apr 11, 2011
by Anonymous

schools

If i were them I would market to schools. Having hundreds of students walking on them during the day would produce a reasonable amount for the school.

Jan 12, 2012
by Anonymous

i want to make a model.....

i want to present a model on these tiles, where can i get the matter of how to prepare a model ..... can any one help me in getting the data ...? please mail me, kittuk52@gmail.com