Saturday, July 08, 2017

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3 Things to Inspire Your Weekend: #57


Quote of the day: 
The best way to predict the future is to invent it. -Alan Kay





Pavengen founder Laurence Kemball-Cook
Credit: Youtube

One UK company -Pavengen, is changing the way energy is harnessed, by utilizing the human body. It is a technology company that has developed a special floor tile to convert energy from people's footsteps into small amounts of electrical power. The founder, Laurence Kemball-Cook, came up with the idea while working for an energy company years ago. He was given the task of finding a way to power street lights with wind and solar energy, but he couldn't do so due to lack of sunlight and unpredictable weather. It was then he started thinking of how other sources of power in urban environments could be utilized. Today, the company has worked with many international brands, and its most recent project and floor installations were in West End London and Heathrow Airport Terminal 3, with the floors helping to power the lights at the airport.



Volunteer record-breaking environmental pledge in India
Credit: Twitter/SanjayPathak3

A volunteer army in India, made up of some 1.5 million people have planted 66 million trees in 12 hours as part of a record-breaking environmental pledge. The volunteers got together to plant saplings along the Narmada River, in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. And last year, volunteers elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh state had set a world record then, by planting more than 50 million trees in one day. Under the Paris agreement, India promised to increase its forests by 5 million hectares by 2030.



As seen on Arch Daily, CY Residence
Architects: Kedem Shinar Design & Architecture

Brief: Each component of the house designed to be functional, with special combination of wood, concrete and iron materials. Others: disappearing windows and clean landscape.

Theme: High windows and sliding doors, subtle brickwork, spacious garden
Location: Gezer, Israel
Photograph: Amit Geron, Peled Studios




Peace. Love. Light* 



Current Listen: Only You - The Platters


32 comments:

  1. I like the idea of the energy tiles. We just installed solar panels on our roof. The energy flooring would come in handy during the Winter months.

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  2. That tree planting party is great. I am skeptical about the tiles, but you never knwo.

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  3. Such an interesting post!

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  4. Thank you India for that pledge and all those volunteers seeing that it may be met one day soon.

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  5. If electricity can be generated by the weight of footsteps, why not car wheels as cars drive on the roads?

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  6. This is so intersting! Very inspiring! :)
    XO
    S
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  7. The only difficulty with planting all those saplings is that they have to be maintained and looked after while they are little so they can grow into strong trees. I like the idea of using footsteps to create energy. I love the high windows in the house, but remember it is in a warm country so no worries about -25C temps and strong winds like we encounter here.

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  8. That is a terrific inovation, plus people get exercise.

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  9. Wonderful innovations! I heard about the trees yesterday, and I hoped the weather would be conducive to their growth. What a marvelous project!

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  10. Wow! 66 million trees is pretty phenomenal and I definitely need to live in such an awesome house! Happy Weekend! Hugs...

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  11. That is a ton of trees, awesome indeed. I'd sure give plenty of power at work as I pace the floors bored.

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  12. The idea of converting peoples footsteps into power is excellent, I'd like to see more use of this plan.

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  13. I find that so intriguing about being able to create power from a person's footsteps. Let's hope people don't get shocked all the time:) I love that all these trees were planted. I had heard about it and I think it is wonderful but who will water them/:) I am so happy that we are finally looking at ways to convert energy to help the planet and save money in the long run.

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  14. Great innovations! Such a lovely house!
    Kisses, Paola.
    Expressyourself

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  15. Fascinating. We use the power so us replacing it is a brilliant idea. With the trees it will certainly help to have them along the river.

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  16. The world can use more trees.

    Energy from footsteps is brilliant!

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  17. Thanks for the good news! I especially loved learning about what's going on in India. Fabulous!
    Blessings!

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  18. Have a great weekend... with plenty of energy.

    Blue

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  19. ...what a beautiful house!

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  20. Lovely post! Have a great weekend!

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  21. Thank you for this positive look at ourselves.

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  22. I like the idea of energy tiles. We have some solar power at our small farm and any other type of alternative energy source would be welcome.

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  23. What a great invention of floor!
    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog!!
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    akiko
    www.akikohiramatsu.com

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  24. Hi Blogoratti - amazing what can be done ... the use of the human body or actions to harness power could be so useful ... love the tree planting, but hope they can be maintained - cheers Hilary

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  25. Informative post. Thank you for your visit to leave a comment. Best wishes.

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  26. Very helpful and informative post!

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  27. All are good!!! I especially like the house! And the volunteers planting trees!! Yeah!! And of course footsteps into energy!!!

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  28. What inspiring happenings! I love seeing steps other countries are taking to improve our plant. Unfortunately my country seems to be going backwards in regards to this but hopefully that does not hold true for long. This is the first I have heard of Pavengen's invention. Amazing!!!

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  29. How inspiring indeed! The footsteps and the trees are so wonderful. Thanks for sharing them.

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  30. Wow, all those trees being planted in India by volunteers. That is an awesome picture. Thanks for sharing this interesting bit of news. : )

    ~Sheri

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