Energy Harvesting Floors: A Thin Product For New Opportunities (Energy Harvesting Europe 2017)

Dr Onoriu Puscasu, Technical Development Associate
Altro Ltd.
United Kingdom

Presentation Summary

Breaking away from the traditional approach in the flooring industry, Altro Ltd. is developing a flooring covering that can harvest energy from steps. A new, thin design has been created in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire. Based on piezoelectric technology, it targets the emergency and safety lighting market.

Speaker Biography (Onoriu Puscasu)

Onoriu Puscasu graduated from INSA Lyon in Materials Science and Engineering in 2010 (Master's Degree). He received a MSc. degree in Integrated Electronics the same year. He was awarded a Ph.D. degree by INSA Lyon in 2014, for his work on innovative devices for thermal energy harvesting with two step conversion.
He is currently developing energy harvesting floors with Altro Ltd - the UK based flooring company, and the University of Hertfordshire. His work is aimed at creating a product for stairs, to power emergency lighting. His main research interests include energy conversion, sensing, low power electronics, and smart products.

Company Profile (Altro ltd)

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Altro are a leading manufacturer and supplier of flooring and walling coverings, based in the United Kingdom. They have been at the forefront of innovation in the building industry for almost 100 years. Today, working closely with architects, end customers, engineers, designers and contractors around the world, Altro's insight and expertise help them transform everyday spaces into environments that can improve the wellbeing of everyone that uses them.
Altro launched recently a number innovation projects with the University of Hertfordshire, the UK's leading business-facing university and an exemplar in the sector. The University of Hertfordshire is one of the region's largest employers with over 2,700 staff and a turnover of over £238 million. With a student community of over 24,800 including more than 4,100 overseas students from 100 different countries, the University has a global network of over 210,000 alumni.
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