Special tiles have been installed
Translated by Thomas Ansell
As reported by the Groninger Internet Courant, a series of special tiles have been installed outside of Zuidhorn (Groningen) station. The tiles form a test-bed for a new way to generate energy; and have been installed by the University of Groningen.
The tiles are called ‘Piezo tiles’. Naturally, there is some complex physics behind the tiles, however in essence ‘Piezoelectricity’ is electrical energy that builds up in certain materials whenever they have pressure applied to them. The phenomenon was first discovered in 1880.
Since the discovery of Piezoelectricity, the technology has developed to the point that the tiles can now work as self-powering sensors and switches, as well as generating electricity.
Twelve lecturers and around thirty researches from the University have contributed to the test-centre, whilst the gemeente Westerkwartier has contributed a financial sum. Aside from looking into how the tiles work, the test-centre will also be used to research computer systems inspired by the human brain. The goal of this research is to develop a way to power technology that is less energy-intensive than at present.
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