Pedestrians power Las Vegas street lights
November 9, 2016
The City of Las Vegas has installed a smart street lighting system that is powered by pedestrian footsteps and solar energy. The system has been designed and built by New York City based EnGoPlanet, a clean tech start. According to EnGoPlanet, Las Vegas is the first city in the world that has street lighting powered by the combination of solar energy and pedestrian footsteps.
EnGoPlanet argues that traditional street lighting is inefficient. It says that 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. Yet 1.4 billion people worldwide still do not have access to public lighting.
EnGoPLANET's solution to this challenge is called Smart Street Light. This is an off-the-grid solution, powered by combining kinetic and solar energy. Kinetic energy is harvested from pedestrians' footsteps via kinetic energy pads. When someone steps on a kinetic tile, energy is created and goes directly to a battery.
The City of Las Vegas is staking a claim 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," Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said. "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, 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."