Las Vegas this time became famous not as the capital of gambling, but as the place of the debut of the startup EngoPlanet. Its essence lies in the creation of a street lighting system, for the operation of which kinetic and solar energy is used.
But if everything is clear with solar panels, then another part of the energy is generated using special plates installed on the sidewalk, converting the energy of pedestrian steps into electricity. Thus, the city receives absolutely free electricity, which is used not only for lighting, but also for powering Wi-Fi hotspots and even for recharging mobile devices.
According to the company, there are more than 300 million street lamps in the world, with a total value of over $ 40 billion. A significant part of the electricity for them is generated by thermal power plants, annually emitting up to 100 million tons of CO 2 into the atmosphere. The General Director of EngoPlanet Petar Mirovich assessed the importance of the company's project:
“If you look closely at the street lamps, it is easy to see that in the daytime they are absolutely useless. Our project provides a lamp post with several useful functions - the ability to connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi and charge a mobile device. "