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Installations show how to turn footsteps into electricity

The kinetic energy generated by pedestrian footfall was tracked and stored

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Pedestrians generate energy at one of the installations in San Francisco
Pedestrians generate energy at one of the installations in San Francisco

Interactive installations that demonstrated the possibilities of energy transition with technology that harvests energy from pedestrian footsteps have been staged in four cities across the western US.

 

The installations were hosted by Bank of the West in partnership with sustainable energy company, Pavegen.

 

Connected smart tiles

 

A grid of connected smart tiles from Pavegen were placed in highly-trafficked areas in San Francisco, Sacremento, Portland and Los Angeles which tracked and stored the kinetic energy generated by pedestrian footfall.

 

As individuals walked across the installations, large-screen monitors tracked steps towards each city’s total goal, which ranged from 50,000- to 150,000 steps. The Sacramento, Portland and Los Angeles exhibits featured overhead archways, which illuminated to demonstrate the energy that passersby were generating.

 

“Hosting these smart tile installations was an interactive way for us to demonstrate energy transition and give people in the Bank’s local footprint a first-hand look at what the future of energy could look like,” said Ryan Bailey, head of retail banking at Bank of the West.

 

“Showcasing alternative energy sources, such as pedestrian footfall, is just one of many steps we’re taking towards supporting a positive, sustainable future for our communities.”

 

Upon reaching the step count goal in San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles, Bank of the West made a $10,000 donation to Grid Alternatives, a non-profit providing solar power and job training to diverse and low-income households in the United States.

“Showcasing alternative energy sources, such as pedestrian footfall, is just one of many steps we’re taking towards supporting a positive, sustainable future for our communities”

 

In Portland, the same donation amount was made to Portland-based Ecotrust which works in Northwest forests, farms, rivers and cities to build a climate-smart economy good for both people and the planet.

 

“Like Bank of the West, Grid Alternatives and Ecotrust strive to make a positive impact in their surrounding communities, and as such, were perfect recipients for the donation from this event,” added Bailey.

 

“These organisations are working hard to make progress in making clean energy affordable and accessible for all, and we’re thrilled to contribute to their efforts.”

 

Bank of the West said it is committed to sustainable finance along with its parent company BNP Paribas which it claims is one of the only financial organisations in the world to adopt the UN’s sustainable development goals.

 

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