The world’s first ‘smart street’ in London has taken innovation to new heights by unveiling an electricity generating pavement. Bird Street – the smart shopping street, has a 107-square-foot kinetic pavement which harvests energy from steps of those walking.
This initiative by Pavegen, uses the same technique as those in vibration-harvesting roads. The electricity generated is used to power the lamps as well as bird sounds in the area. As if that wasn’t great already, they have added an app that not only allows you to see how much clean electricity your footsteps generated, but also translates your steps into discounts, vouchers and offers at the stores you walk past. For this reason, its being deemed as the world’s first “smart-street”.
As Pavegen CEO Laurence Kemball-Cook was quoted saying, “Being able to demonstrate how our technology can bring to life the retail shopping experience is a vital step for us. As retailers compete with online, technologies like ours make being in the busy high street more exciting and rewarding for people and brands alike.”
Bird Street has other sustainable technologies as well including Airlabs, Clean Air Bench thats sucks nitrogen dioxide from the air and creates a clean air bubble. Even Air-lite air purifying paints are used on Bird Street.
Pavegen currently has installations in different cities of the world like Washington DC and Rio De Janerio and plans on spreading this new-age technology throughout the world.
What could be better than producing clean electricity and being reward by discounted retail therapy!