Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

British school uses pupils for power

pupilshero.jpg

Most schools may claim they’re trying to harness the energy of their students, but one school in Kent has made this claim a reality.

At Simon Langton Boys’ Grammar School in Canterbury, a corridor has been laid with special tiles that can absorb kinetic energy and convert it to electricity. As the kids bustle down the corridor and over the tiles, their youthful abandon becomes useful energy – enough over a year to charge 853 mobile phones, light a bulb for two months or drive an electric car seven miles.

Originally tested at the Olympic Games and the Science Museum, the tiles have been created by Laurence Kemball-Cook, a former pupil of the school, via his company Pavegen.

Could the days of schoolchildren being told not to run in corridors be at an end? Are we entering a new era when games of British Bulldog could be used to power the kettle, or could wet willies be the solution to the world’s clean energy conundrum? Time will tell - all we know is the nation's bullies could finally be getting their dream of a justification for wedgies.

(Image: Rex)

[via Independent]

Related

toygun.jpg

Kids use toy gun to steal food

Paddys-giant-flying-pants.jpg

Paddy Power's new hot air balloon is pants

hero1.png

Pupils Run Fizzy Drink Speakeasies in School

Comments

More

Amazon is launching checkout-free shop where you simply walk out

Goodbye stubborn self-checkout machine, hello freakishly smart tech

by Emily Badiozzaman
06 Dec 2016

The Last Of Us 2 and nine more new Playstation games set for 2017

A certain spin-kicking marsupial is back, too!

by Chris Sayer
05 Dec 2016

New app will allow you to check the potency of your sperm

Get to know your baby makers up-close and personal

by Chris Sayer
05 Dec 2016

WhatsApp is about to stop working for millions of smartphone users

And it's bad news for Nokia or Blackberry users

by Tom Fordy
02 Dec 2016

Delete yourself from the internet with this handy website

And just like that, he was gone.

by Sam Diss
28 Nov 2016

Get on ‘Sindr’ the Catholic Church’s confession app

Swipe to find God in your area

24 Nov 2016

Apple to replace faulty batteries on iPhone 6s devices

21 Nov 2016

These are the worst passwords on the web

Best check yours isn't one of them

17 Nov 2016

What does Facebook really know about you

From ads to linked apps to everything in between

by David Cornish
17 Nov 2016

This Chrome extension will warn you of fake news stories

A handy Google Chrome tool for the post-truth era

by David Cornish
17 Nov 2016