While solar panels are often the first things that come to mind when people think about generating sustainable energy at home, a group of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have successfully developed a new kind of energy-harvesting wood flooring system.
The wood flooring is able to produce electricity from one's footsteps because the cellulose nanofibers in the wood pulp can be treated in a way that produces an electrical charge.
The potential applications for this energy-harvesting flooring system are immense for the future of clean energy. This innovation could mean that simply walking across the wood floor in one's home would be enough to power home lighting systems and even a few low-power appliances.
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