Energy harvesting floors made from wood pulp

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Solar and wind energy have been around for some time now. Increasingly, scientists and engineers are focussing on new ways of generating energy sustainably. In France, glow in the dark bacteria is being cultured to provide an alternative to electric lighting and in Hong Kong energy from a waste treatment plant is being used to power a spa. Now, engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are harvesting energy from footsteps. The process uses wood pulp, a waste material. Inside wood pulp are cellulose nanofibers that have the potential to produce a charge if they are chemically treated, and encounter untreated…

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