Nagpur: Hundreds of commuters visiting Nagpur Railway Station are in a pleasant surprise. The moment the passengers step in at the floor of main entrance of Platform 1, they are in focus. The pressure exerted by a person walking on the floor generates 10W of electricity and lights up four 25W LED bulbs.
The dazzling feature is courtesy of a young city engineer Mandar Tulankar. The budding engineer has developed a flooring system in which pressure exerted by a person walking on the floor helps generate electricity. One footstep or footfall generates about 10W of energy. It is an ideal solution for high footfall areas like railway stations, airports, malls, offices and apartment blocks.
One of ‘energy floors’ was installed at Nagpur Railway Station on Saturday night at the main entrance on Platform 1. His experiment is lighting up four 25W LED bulbs from 6 pm to 6 am. The idea for the innovation came from a similar use of footfall in discos etc by Energy Floors, a Netherlands-based company. At Nagpur station is the first ever display of converting the footfalls into electricity. Our company, Zero Point Energy Pvt Ltd, will manufacture these floors for Energy Floors. First I am supposed to submit a report on my demonstration to Research Design Standard Organization(RDSO), an independent railway body to clear such projects, said Tulankar.