Described as a “small” but extremely important project, it is also providing the basis for other smart applications
The first pedestrian-powered street lamps are helping to reduce CO2 emissions and costs in Las Vegas. They have been installed by the city and the New York-based clean-tech start-up, EnGoPLANET.
Claiming to be a world-first, the smart street lights are powered by pedestrians’ footsteps, using kinetic energy pads and solar energy. When someone steps on one of the kinetic tiles, energy is created and it goes directly to a battery.
Besides efficient light, the solution also provides wi-fi connection, charging station and real time data via smart sensors, all clean and free energy sources.
By comparison, the world spends over $40 billion per year in energy cost to light street lights, which produces over 100 million tons of CO2 per year.
The City of Las Vegas aims to be a leader in municipal sustainability. "We want to provide the highest service levels while also looking to the future and ensuring that we are sustainable," said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G Goodman.
She added: "Through our LEED certified buildings, solar projects, water reclamation, alternative-fuelled vehicles and sustainable streetlights, Las Vegas continues to lead the way. Las Vegas strives to be on the cutting edge of all things, and this project coincides with plans to develop an innovation district in our downtown."
Petar Mirovic, CEO of EnGoPLANET, which has also developed solar-powered benches for cities, said: "Clean and free energy is all around us. Urban cities have to build the smart infrastructures of tomorrow that will be able to harvest all that energy. This project is small, but a very important step in that direction"
Mirovic added: "EnGoPLANET Smart Street Lights are also a solution to the 1.4 billion people that do not have street lighting. Today they live in the dark. That is why we started a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo. We want to raise money for the project of installing our smart street lights in 10 rural areas in Africa that don’t have access to electricity. We invite all individuals and companies to join us.”
Those interested in the crowdfunding campaign, should go to www.indiegogo.com/projects/let-s-lightup-africa-power-of-footsteps-the-sun-solar-technology#/
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