Title

Investigating the potential of using human movements in energy harvesting by installing piezoelectric tiles in Egyptian public facilities

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Winter 12-4-2021

Abstract

Developing countries are facing huge challenges toward energy production. Energy crisis not only negatively affects the industry, agricultural, commercial, and residential sectors, but it also negatively affects the development of these countries. Relying on renewable energy sources is one of the methods used to tackle the energy problem. The increase in energy costs produced from fossil fuel and the decreasing in fossil fuel production helps in decreasing the gap between the cost of energy generated from renewables and fossil fuel. Using the human population density in generating energy from renewable piezoelectric tiles in public facilities is the aim of this research. The presented research intends to investigate the potential of replacing the floor tiles in public facilities with piezoelectric tiles to generate energy and benefit from the high human population density and movements inside these facilities, and people will start to produce nonstop energy from walking throughout the facility. The presented research used quantitative method to investigate the potential of replacing the floor tiles in Shobra El-Khema metro station with piezoelectric tiles toward energy production. The research compared the electricity generated from piezoelectric tiles with the electricity consumed to electrify the station. According to the population density in Shobra El-Khema metro station, the research revealed that installing 7 Waynergy tiles in a location where all the station passengers are passing through will generate 3990 KW, which will electrify the station.

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