May 1, 2010


"Pavement Power" - a truly Gallic phrase that brings to mind marauding students and protesting unions! Though this latest "pavement power" project in Toulouse, France’s south-western technology capital, has nothing to do with social unrest or burning barricades, it could still prove revolutionary since electricity generated by pedestrians is to be used to illuminate its street lights!
(Pictured) The Watt-sustainable dance club in Rotterdam, the green genesis for Toulouse's foot-powered lighting project.

The prototype of the modules developed in Holland was apparently unsuitable for street use since they only worked if you jumped on them like a kangaroo! However, according to the company's marketing director, Rotterdam's football stadium has recently signed a contract to run a pilot scheme and there are several similar pilot-projects being considered to use the modules in public spaces where there is a high traffic movement, such as train stations and sports stadiums.

What’s your take on this (and any other) use of green power? Can you foresee stamping on the ground to generate electricity for lighting in tube/train stations, stadiums, shopping malls etc where YOU live?

Happy Six Word Saturday! Other great posts @ Show My Face.
PS See you for Ruby Tuesday on, umm, Tuesday!


French Fancy said...

I would happily stamp, jump and dance down the street - if I was in the mood that is. Good blogging Nora.

John's comments said...

Already a distraction from the editing - a lad can only take so much of where is the verb object-subject. I can see it solving unemployment in rural areas, the new employee walks around a lamppost with a board saying be green and switch thus also cutting advertising costs. My six word Saturday.

Now I think its time for a mug of tea.

teawithonesugarplease said...

They should have them outside schools in the UK, might encourage kids to go to school rather than buck off!

Allisonian said...

Ruby Tuesday, then. I think the idea is brilliant. Can I have permission to post some of the info as well? If it works, it works. My husband is a grounds super at a school district and his creative mind will just love this! It probably cost too much for his school district, as it is for the whole of the us, no?
Thank you for stopping by. I was kind of venting and reflecting and hoping to come up with a solution to a peoplology issue.
Yo people~
Yo people!

Missy said...

You know, I'm not going to say never to anything. Our ancestors would have never imagined flying or I phones, either! Have a great day. Thanks for stoppoing by. :)

croleyc69 said...

Nice six words and a great post.
Have a great 6WS.

Amanda G said...

That is just hilarious, not to mention blindingly bright!
I'm all for going green, but this one may be a bit to techno for me. :)
amanda @

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

WOW.. Lola.. so much FUN!
Jumping like a Kangaroo!
These people are so INNOVATIVE!
Happy Weekend!

Kimmy said...

That is so cool...looking!!!!

Happy SWS!!

Olivia said...

Sounds cool to me!
Happy 6WS!

Jingle said...

action, laughter,
what fabulous 6WS!


what an absolutely fabulous innovative energetic idea!!! and the first thing i thought of, too, was its installation in schools! can't you just see it now!! not only literal illumination, but figurative as well, with the students inspired by their own movements and the colors of their feet, so to speak! fabulous, dahling!!! thanks SO much for sharing - oh, and yes, i would LOVE to see this not just in my own neighborhood/world, but worldwide! what a new world it would be! very neat post! love and light to you both!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Lola and Nora,

Great idea and thanks for sharing.
People could be fit in the process, jumping up and down. I would be happy walking down the pavement if it meant generating electricity.

Happy week ahead,

Anonymous said...

Wow! This looks like fun.