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    An IFP School student wins second place in "The Innovation Challenge"

    April 30, 2012

    François Isopet, an IFP School student in the Énergie et Motorisations (MOT) program, won on April 26th the second prize of "The Innovation Challenge".

    Organized by the GDF Suez Group, the competition aims to encourage research and innovation by identifying and assisting students and young entrepreneurs with their projects. The theme of this year's competition focused on the energy and environmental challenges of today and tomorrow.

    A 24-year-old apprentice at PSA, François Isopet built a device to recover the energy spent by millions of pedestrians who climb stairs every day. The prototype was called "GreenStep".

    "I have worked for two years on a startup project around a staircase that recovers energy, which I developed with my friend Pierre Joly" he says.

    "GreenStep" is a system that adapts to any type of staircase. Each step collapses 2cm under the weight of the user. This movement is then recovered by a generator that creates electricity. The step, made of 98% recyclable metal, opens like a chest for easy and low-cost maintenance. The mechanism produces an average 20 watts per solicitation.

    Congratulations to François Isopet and his team!