Dec 12, 2016: Next time you visit Las Vegas, USA, you will be able to contribute to the city’s energy generation. This has been made possible by a new lighting system which harnesses energy from the pedestrians’ footsteps to illuminate the streetlights.
These innovative and energy-efficient streetlights have been developed by a New York-based startup EngoPlanet, which are powered by kinetic energy that has been absorbed by the special tiles on the sidewalk made by a London company Pavegen.
The special tiles has been developed to convert energy from people’s footsteps into electrical energy, which will be stored until nightfall to illuminate the street lamps, which get switch on automatically.
These innovative street lamps also feature solar panels that store sun light and boost the energy levels when footfall are less.
Four streetlights and eight kinetic pads are fitted in the small Arts District plaza between Main and First streets in the desert gambling hub,in an experimental basis.
The tiles have also been installed at Dupont Circle in Washington DC, near the White House.
The designers kept the technology behind the paving slabs, which involve microgenerators that are found below the kinetic pads, that create energy every time a person steps on them. Each footstep creates 4-8 watts, depending on the pressure of the step, which is then channeled to the lighting.
It is claimed that each pedestrian generates an average of 5 watts per footstep at 12-48 volts DC, which is enough to run an LED streetlight for 30 seconds.
The street lamps will also provide Wi-Fi hotspots and charging stations.
According to Pavegen, there are more than 300 million streetlights across the world, which cost more than $40 billion to run. These streetlights release more than 100 million tons of carbon dioxide every year. The company hopes that this new technology will help to reduce these.
These streetlights are also being installed in Philadelphia and Saint Louis, and Oman.