Piezoelectricity is the generation of electricity as a direct result of mechanical deformation, or deformation of a material as a direct result of electricity. Certain ceramics, crystals, and even polymers display this property.
Floors in a settlement could generate small amounts of electricity. Part of the energy from resident's footsteps would be transformed by piezoelectric generators embeded in the floors.
Piezoelectric sensors are low maintenance and consume little, if any, electricity.
Piezoelectric materials can be used as actuators. They are useful for applications requiring a high degree of control.
- How easily can these materials be produced from local resources?
- How much maintenance is required?