Electricity is one of the most vital requirements of man. In earlier times, ages ago, there was no existence of electricity. Now, it is unimaginable to live life without the presence and use of electricity. The natural resources that are largely used to generate electricity are dwindling by the day. Therefore, there rose the need to find alternative sources to generate electricity. There are different methods that are applied for generating electricity. One of the recent ones that is being adopted by people from different countries is generating electricity while walking with loads.
What does it mean by generating electricity while walking with loads?
Many people are not even aware of this type of electric generation. The technological advancements of the world have made it possible to generate power as people walk over a certain area. When a person walks over a designated area, the pressure applied on the crystals which help to generate electricity. This is based on the principle of piezoelectricity which employs the use of mechanical pressure or stress.
How does it work?
When a person walks, his movement is similar to a pendulum working in an inverted manner wherein he extends his legs vertically and his hips form an arc of around 5 cm. When the same person move with a load on his back, then it will help in giving pressure to the area which will help in generating electricity. An increase in the amount of load on the back of the passersby will increase the amount of power generated from the whole mechanism.
Where can it be used?
The best idea of generating electricity while walking with loads is to get them designed at places where there is heavy footfall and are crowded. The common places are airports, stations, subways, etc. As more people will walk over the place, there will be greater amount of electricity that will be produced which will be beneficial for the people. This electric can be used to light up the public places where electricity is used in large amounts.
How can I make one?
It is possible to make your own setup for generating electricity while walking with loads. Follow the steps below and you will be able to successfully make it. The materials that are required to make your own electric generating mechanism are piezoelectric transducers that must be chosen as per the base area of any place. The next thing you need are 1N4148 diodes or something of similar kind which should be equal to the number of transducers. You would also need wires of black and red color. Enameled copper wires, utility knives, wire strippers, solder and soldering iron are also required. To make up the base, choose any hard material like cardboard.
When you have everything ready, solder enameled copper wires and diodes to the transducers and connect the wires parallel to the other transducers. The wires of the cathode of diodes should also be connected in a parallel manner. The black wire should be connected to the black wires of other transducers and the red ones must go to the diodes. Your next step would be to make the base of them. Cut the cardboard in right sizes so that the transducers fit on them aptly. When they are ready, place all of them on a large, single cardboard while ensuring that the wires are safe. Finally, place a decorative cardboard on top encouraging people to walk over it. When you have followed the above mentioned process, you will be able to generate electricity while people walk over it.