Glasgow Caledonian University Power Generator
Glasgow Caledonian University researchers has developed a power-generating tile for public walkways.
17:46 17 May 2018
A team of researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University has developed a power-generating tile that can be used on any public walkway. The concept is a response to calls by organisers of the Qatar World Cup for competitive pitches for innovative designs that use renewable energy. The epoxy-based tile is supported by a plastic frame with embedded photovoltaic cells and concentrator lens.
The team’s lead, Dr Azmy Gowaid, said: “It is not a matter of choosing between traditional solar panels or walkable tiles, it is a matter of taking solar installations to a new territory that was not possible with traditional technology. This tile design can function effectively in hot climates and is both cost-efficient and eco-friendly. “The spread of solar energy means roof space will be a diminishing resource. Meanwhile, cities are getting more dense as electricity demand rises. “As the tiles are situated on the pavement, you can have the system feeding into street lighting or traffic systems.
“Should this prove successful, it is our dream that this product can eventually be installed at mass scale anywhere in the world – even in rainy old Glasgow. We want to see the tiles contribute to the energy supply mix of stadia, other sporting facilities and beyond to public squares, pavements, schools and university campuses.”