We are at the point on this planet where we all need to get serious about where our energy comes from and how we use it. There are companies all over the world trying to solve our energy woes, but often their efforts do not trickle down to the average person.
How can you be more aware and see the impact of these new and fresh ideas on how we can save energy and generate it different ways? This new trial being run in Las Vegas may be one of those ways that will enable you to see how you can have an impact.
A company by the name of EnGoPlanet is trialing their tech in Las Vegas that will capture the kinetic energy generated by walking on the sidewalk and using that energy to power things like street lamps. Vegas is a great place for this as well, given that you are guaranteed to have a significant volume of foot traffic at nearly all hours of the day.
The kinetic tiles lining the sidewalk are also backed up by solar power to provide some degree of redundancy or backup should foot traffic be lower at a particular time of day or year.
The panels can generate 4-8 watts of power that will be stored in a system of batteries that can be used to power anything from street lamps and public Wi-Fi hot-spots.
What do you think? Will this type of energy production be a productive player in the future of power generation? I think it will when you look at the sheer volume of foot traffic in the busier cities throughout the world.