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Pas­sen­gers are help­ing to power Abu Dhabi Int’l

Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Air­port launches in­ter­ac­tive walk­way which con­verts the foot­steps of trav­ellers into off-grid elec­tric­ity and data

- Abu Dhabi · Abu Dhabi International Airport · United Kingdom · Masdar · Iceland · Middle East · Austria

Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Air­port has of­fi­cially an­nounced the launch of an in­ter­ac­tive walk­way which con­verts the foot­steps of trav­ellers into off-grid elec­tric­ity and data.

Abu Dhabi Air­ports said it has com­mis­sioned Pave­gen, the UK clean-tech com­pany, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mas­dar, to con­struct a 16-square me­tre en­ergy har­vest­ing walk­way.

The path con­nects two ter­mi­nals within the cap­i­tal’s high-tech air­port, which han­dles around 2 mil­lion pas­sen­gers a month and is the first ap­pli­ca­tion of its kind in a com­mer­cial air­port in the Mid­dle East.

The foot­steps of around 8,000 trav­ellers per day are be­ing 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 aero­planes ris­ing and de­scend­ing ac­cord­ing to how much en­ergy is be­ing gen­er­ated.

“We’ve part­nered with Mas­dar to in­stall the Pave­gen walk­way, poised to power the data-driven, smart cities of to­mor­row. Through this col­lab­o­ra­tion, Abu Dhabi Air­ports aims to fur­ther its com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able prac­tices, ed­u­cat­ing trav­ellers and res­i­dents alike about dif­fer­ent sources of off-grid en­ergy and data,” said Ahmed Al Shamisi, act­ing chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer at Abu Dhabi Air­ports.

“Our en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance and green ini­tia­tives demon­strate 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. As peo­ple walk across the patented sys­tem, elec­tro­mag­netic gen­er­a­tors pro­duce off-grid en­ergy. This elec­tric­ity is be­ing used to power lo­cal LED light­ing and to pro­vide a data feed.

 ??  ?? The path con­nects two ter­mi­nals within the air­port that sees around 2 mil­lion trav­ellers a month.
The path con­nects two ter­mi­nals within the air­port that sees around 2 mil­lion trav­ellers a month.

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