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Abu Dhabi airport harvests passenger energy

Energy company, Masdar, and clean-tech firm, Pavegen, have worked together to create a 16 square-metre walkway between terminals one and three

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The system incororates screens to show how much energy is being harvested
The system incororates screens to show how much energy is being harvested

Abu Dhabi International Airport has introduced an interactive walkway which converts the footsteps of passengers into off-grid electricity and data.

 

Abu Dhabi Airport Company has contracted clean-tech company Pavegen and Masdar (also known as Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) to construct a 16 square metre energy harvesting walkway.

 

Interactive first for airport

 

The path connects two terminals at the UAE capital city’s airport which handles some two million passengers a month. Abu Dhabi reports it is the first application of its kind in a commercial airport in the Middle East.

 

“We’ve partnered with Masdar to install the Pavegen walkway, poised to power the data-driven, smart cities of tomorrow,” said Ahmed Al Shamisi, acting chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Airports.

 

“Through this collaboration, Abu Dhabi Airports aims to further its commitment to sustainable practices, educating travellers and residents alike about different sources of off-grid energy and data.”

 

He continued: “Our environmental performance and green initiatives demonstrates Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to delivering innovative solutions for the international aviation community.”

“The hope is that through this installation, both UAE tourists and residents can see and feel first-hand, the role they have to play in our larger sustainability journey”

The footsteps of around 8,000 travellers per day are being captured and converted into electrical energy to track footfall data and power lighting along the walkway as they pass between terminals 1 and 3 of the airport.

 

The system incorporates screens to highlight how much energy is being harvested with a special game interface for children that shows airplanes rising and descending according to how much energy is being generated.

 

The articulated flooring surface is constructed from a series of interlocking triangles. As people walk across the patented system, electromagnetic generators produce off-grid energy. This electricity is being used to power local LED lighting and to provide a data feed.

 

“Abu Dhabi International Airport is ultimately, one of the busiest gateways into the UAE and this partnership is another example of Masdar’s commitment to powering a sustainable future,” added Yousef Ahmed Baselaib, executive director of sustainable real estate, Masdar.

 

“The hope is that through this installation, both UAE tourists and residents can see and feel first-hand, the role they have to play in our larger sustainability journey.”

 

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