Students from Iqra University at Karachi, Ghalib Nadeem, Hafiz Waleed, and Ali Akbar, have managed to create a device that produces electricity when you walk on it.
Three students from Iqra University, Karachi campus have developed electricity generating tiles, The device produces electricity when you walk on it, a concept of energy harvesting using wood and artificial glass.
The device converts kinetic energy into electricity and according to the students.f the tiles are installed in an area of 300 meters, they can generate enough electricity to charge 7 to 8 batteries of UPS in just 2 hours.
- Three Karachi students from Iqra University made this invention.
- It is not a new invention but first of its kind made locally in Pakistan.
- The device converts kinetic energy into electricity and according to the students.
- The tiles are installed in an area of 300 meters, they can generate enough electricity to charge 7 to 8 batteries of UPS in just 2 hours.
A very simple strategy of electric tiles is that all people have to do is walk on the grass and it would automatically make electricity as it is equipped with a piezoelectric sensor, If we walk on it for five to seven hours, a phone’s battery could be charged.
A piezoelectric sensor is used to measure the change in acceleration, pressure, temperature or strain, etc. According to the group, the tiles require minimum maintenance and can be used up to 3 to 4 years provided there is no water seepage.
The tiles have been made with locally available materials and it took them approximately 3.5 years to make a commercially available product. The research work and manufacturing cost around Rs. 120,000 due to the inexperience of the students when they started off,this cost can be reduced if the tiles are manufactured on a large scale.
The group along with their mentor are currently in talks with industry professionals and interested parties for practical applications of this project.