This electricity is being used to power local LED lighting and provide a data feed.
Abu Dhabi airport announced the launch of an interactive walkway that will convert the energy from the footsteps of travelers into electricity.
The 16 sq.m energy harvesting walkway, put together by UK-based Pavegen and Abu Dhabi’s Masdar, connects two terminals within the airport.
Per day around 8,000 travelers footsteps will be captured and converted into electrical energy to track footfall data and power lighting along the walkway as they pass between Terminals 1 and 3 of the airport. The system incorporates screens to highlight how much energy is being harvested with a special game interface for children that shows airplanes rising and descending according to how much energy is being generated.
Ahmed Al Shamisi, acting Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said, commenting on the new project, that, “We’ve partnered with Masdar to install the Pavegen walkway, poised to power the data-driven, smart cities of tomorrow. Abu Dhabi Airports aims to further its commitment to sustainable practices, educating travelers and residents alike about different sources of off-grid energy and data,” through this collaboration.
“Our environmental performance and green initiatives demonstrates Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to delivering innovative solutions for the international aviation community.”
The articulated flooring surface is constructed from a series of interlocking triangles. electromagnetic generators produce off-grid energy as people walk across the patented system. This electricity is being used to power local LED lighting and to provide a data feed.
“With millions of visitors a day, airports are a key destination for our energy and data generating technology. As the first major Pavegen permanent installation in the Middle East, this a key milestone for us as we look to grow our presence in this fast-changing region,” said, Laurence Kemball-Cook, founder and CEO, Pavegen.