The city of Las Vegas in Nevada, US, is set to install an innovative streetlighting technology that is powered by sun and pedestrians.
Following a partnership with EnGoPLANET, the city will deploy the innovative streetlighting system at Boulder Plaza.
EnGoPLANET’s LED street lights make use of energy drawn not just from the sun, but also from footsteps of passing pedestrians, thereby keeping the lights illuminated throughout the night.
According to the company, there are more than 300 million inefficient streetlights worldwide that need to be replaced over the next decade.
The EnGoPLANET streetlights are connected to long-lasting kinetic energy tiles that transform motion into useful energy.
Up to 7W of energy is generated when a pedestrian steps on a tile, which is stored in a battery to supply power to lights for later use.
The streetlights feature the latest LED technology, ranging from 25W to 75W, depending on the selected design.
These lights can also be incorporated with motion sensors, which ensures that the lights get illuminated only when needed, minimising energy wastage.
EnGoPLANET CEO Petar Mirovic was quoted by Gizmag as saying: “If you look at traditional streetlight poles, you will see that they are useless. They simply hold the lighting.
“With our solution, we’ve changed that by incorporating useful features into the pole and transforming it into a free service spot where people can rest, charge their portable devices, or connect to Wi-Fi.”