‘Chale Chalo’: Nagpur engineering students develop technology to produce power by walking

You can now generate electricity by energy produced from walking. Sounds weird? Trust us! A bunch of engineering students from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar College of Engineering and Research have invented a ‘Foot Step Power Generation System with Solar Panel’ as a project recently. The technology uses energy produced from human motions like walking and running to produce electricity.

The technology can be used in street lights, traffic lights and also to charge electronic devices. “The popularization of this technique might help in overcoming power shortage. It is just that the user will have to walk or run to produce the power”, informed Soumyajit Thakur, student and researcher.

Working of the technology
As informed by Thakur, the technology will work by installing power pumps in the regions where most of the people walk. The pump will accumulate the energy produced while walking. After the battery of the pump is charged, it will behave like a power bank which can be taken into use for various purposes.

Where can it be used?

It has been put forward by a research that 11.2 W of electricity is generated on walking 160 steps. However, a smart uses merely 2 W for charging. The power pumps will be most useful if installed in malls, railway platforms, temples situated at heights, metro stations, buildings and gardens.

The benefits
This research might prove to be really helpful for the farmers. It will prove really helpful in the rural areas. Also, the soldiers can make utmost use of thus technology.

This is how the electricity will be generated

The power pumps will have to be installed in public places. The pumps will contain a pressure bar will be attached to springs. The pressure created by walking will press the springs which will convert the kinetic energy to electric energy. A battery will be attached to store electricity which will work as a power bank.

Saurav Nagthane, Mayur Nikhar, Gaurav Yaole, Soumyajeet Thakur, Paresh Taiwade, Nikhil Malve and Swapnil Ashtankar were the members of the team who worked hard for this device.