People-Powered Streetlamps–Ooh La La
Using current technology in a newfangled way, the city of Toulouse in southwest France is testing the use of power-generating tiles in the sidewalks to create electricity to power the streetlamps. The tiles are the creation of Sustainable Dance Club, a Dutch company that combines fun and sustainability in power-generating modules that were designed to harness the dance club energy and turn it into power. In the two-week test in France, by pounding the pavement people will create energy that is stored in a generator that is then used to power the light. It is the first time these dance floor modules have been tested on the street and it is hoped that the eight custom made modules that have been placed in the city center can produce between 50 and 60 W of electricity.