As part of a joint project between the City of Bedfordshire Council and technology company Pavegen, two tracks of kinetic floor tiles were installed at Leighton Buzzar railway station in the UK.
When pedestrians move along it, under their weight “compressible” electromagnetic generators come into action, generating up to 4 joules of electricity per step. That’s enough to power two benches with USB ports for charging gadgets and a digital screen that displays how much power is being generated.
The project is funded by the UK Department of Transport under the £ 22.9 million ADEPT SMART program. It is the first of its kind and aims to demonstrate the benefits of this technology to the leadership of other UK regions.
In 2019, Bedfordshire Central Council invested more than £ 1 million in laboratories that harvest renewable energy from solar, kinetic and heat sources for street infrastructure such as street lights and electronic road signs.
Another pilot project for the council is probes in Bedfordshire car parks that generate geothermal energy. It will be used to remove ice from the parking lot and heat buildings. in winter.