New project will use commuter footsteps to generate energy

Leighton Buzzard train station has installed a new kinetic-tech floor to utilise energy from commuters footsteps. 

Central Bedfordshire Council, who secured £1.05m from the ADEPT Live Labs programme, has partnered with Ringway Jacobs, West Midlands Trains and Pavegen, to create this project.

Pavegen have installed the new kinetic floor tiles which will collect energy from the commuters who are travelling to and from Leighton Buzzard.

The aim is to engage visitors and to power two USB charging benches, and a digital data screen. The data screen will show commuters their contribution and can host important messages.

The project is one of eight local authority led Live Labs that are aiming to transform local places and highways through piloting projects across energy, data, materials and mobility.

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps said: ‘Projects such as Pavegen are so important as we look to level-up local areas across the UK and build back greener following the pandemic.

‘Putting your foot to the floor in a car has always been a way of generating power. But now, with this fantastic piece of British technology, you can do it simply by walking along a stretch of pavement and in a green and clean way, too.’

Cllr Ian Dalgarno, executive member for community services at Central Bedfordshire Council added: ‘I am delighted that Central Bedfordshire Council is part of this exciting and innovative trial as part of the ADEPT Live Labs Programme.

‘This trial looks at how we could use kinetic energy to power nearby highway assets and having seen the installation I am really impressed with how the Pavegen technology works. It’s our first Live Labs trial to be complete and I am certain it is something I think our residents will really engage with.’

Photo Credit – Pixabay

 

 

 

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