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CE-InFocus • Jun 15, 2009

Supermarket generates piezoelectric power in parking lot

Remember that piezoelectric road prototype we saw late last year? Looks like someone (besides us) thought it was a good idea. According to The Daily Mail, a Sainsbury's supermarket in Gloucester, UK (you've never been there), has installed kinetic plates in the parking lot that use the weight of shopper's cars to pump a series of hydraulic pipes, which in turn drive a generator. The system is said to generate up to 30kw of green energy an hour -- or enough to power the store's checkouts. And if that weren't enough, the store is also harvesting rainwater and heating it (during the summer, at least) with solar panels. The next in this store's "eco-friendly evolution?" Might we suggest Soylent in the deli? We hear the "green" stuff is particularly good.

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WHOA! Amazing stuff! Utilizing piezoelectric or a kinetic system on the road seems practical after all. I mean, 30KW an hour?

Also from the article:
Apart from this green feature, the store is capable of harvest enough rainwater for flushing toilets over two years. While the solar panels heat water during the summer.
Nice 😀

Though, I wonder what is the total cost for this? Can these systems be implemented easily else where? We have talked so much about these things on CE, yet we havent thought about the practicalities of implementing them in real life.

I hope we get to see more technical information about Sainsbury's green system.
dextercath96 • Jan 29, 2010
Solar Power Generator in parking lot.

Nice Solar Power Generator in parking lot. It is cool. I want to have some product like that. Sunpowerport Solar Generator
gaurav.bhorkar • Jan 29, 2010
Wow! That's amazing.
vikeshrajan • Dec 3, 2010
nice idea.........what about the cost?

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