A new, fossil-free way to illuminate our planet...
City of Las Vegas and EnGoPLANET, a New York City-based fossil-free tech start-up that develops smart off-the-grid solutions and portable solar devices (such as city stations, charge spots or street lamps), teamed up to create a new, green way of illuminating streets.
EnGoPLANETS' innovative solar-kinetic street lights will reportedly be installed at Boulder Plaza, becoming the first street lighting technology in the world that uses both kinetic and solar energy.
The street lamps are powered by pedestrians' footsteps via kinetic energy pads – every time a pedestrian steps over a kinetic pad, energy is created and sent directly to the battery that powers the lamp. Kinetic pads are strategically placed in front of each street light, so pedestrians aren't likely to miss them.
Additionally, each LED street light is equipped with solar cells, smart motion sensors (enabling light on demand feature, monitoring air quality, video surveillance, traffic control, water detection), two USB ports on each of them and Wireless Charging pads, which are incorporated into each lamp pole. Pedestrians can also hook up on WiFi hot spots with their smart devices, such as smartphones, tablets or laptops.
In a press statement, Petar Mirovic, CEO of EnGoPLANET, stated: "Currently, street lights in the world release more than 100 million tons of CO2 per year. Our generation has the moral responsibility to transform our energy system. EnGoPLANET's Street Light will revolutionize the way we illuminate streets. It will reduce CO2 emission, lower maintenance bill and with many new features, it will make cities smarter. ... If you look at traditional street light 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 WiFi."