Next generation street lights in Las Vegas
CITIES consume a considerable amount of energy per year on lighting. And if that city happens to be Las Vegas, you can expect the bill to be a doozy. But a recently announced partnership with a New York Citybased start- up is set to bolster Las Vegas’ commitment to renewable energy sources. Soon enough, some of “Sin City’s” sidewalks will be illuminated by EnGoPlanet’s innovative sunand people- powered street lights.
Together with the city of Las Vegas, the solar- kinetic lights will be placed throughout Boulder Plaza. These street lights are designed to be powered by the sun, supplemented by the kinetic energy from pedestrians’ footsteps through strategicallyplaced kinetic energy tiles that are designed to turn motion into useful energy.
Each time someone steps on one of these pads, up to 7 W of power is created and then stored in a battery for later use. The lights are equipped with the latest LED technology, ranging from 25 to 75 W depending on the chosen design. Motion sensors can be incorporated so that the lights illuminate only as- needed, thus potentially reducing the amount of energy waste.
Additional sensors on the lights can also monitor air quality, temperature, humidity, and water, as video surveillance cameras monitor and analyse traffic, sending the data in real time to relevant offices.
WiFi also turns the lights into hot spot for mobile devices, with charging spots provided so that people have a place to sit and charge devices via USB or wireless pad.
“If you look at traditional street light poles, you will see that they are useless. They simply hold the lighting,” says Petar Mirovic, CEO of EnGoPlanet. “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.”
The next generation street light create WiFi hot spots and can recharge digital devices.