UK city launches sidewalk that generates leccy when you walk on it

UK city launches sidewalk that generates leccy when you walk on it

The six meter long paving uses energy to charge mobile phones (Image: Telford & Wrekin Council / SWNS)

A high-tech ‘jumpy’ pavement that can charge mobile phones by turning footsteps into electricity has been unveiled in a British city.

Telford and Wrekin Council has installed the six-metre stretch of smart pavement which generates energy when pedestrians walk or run on it.

It then operates charging points next to benches in Telford, Shropshire, where people can plug in their mobile phones.

A solar-powered display also shows the amount of energy generated by commuters’ footsteps between Telford Central Station and the town centre.

The project is part of a £4m project by the council to invest in action against climate change.

Many have welcomed the eco-friendly initiative, but others have branded it a waste of an “expensive gimmick” during a cost-of-living crisis.

Councilor Carolyn Healy defended the move, saying it was a “fun” way to show how clean electricity can be generated.

She said: “We appreciate that there is a lot going on in people’s lives right now, but it would be a huge step backwards if climate action fell off the radar – that’s why awareness projects like this are so valuable.”

A high-tech bouncy pavement that can charge mobile phones by turning footsteps into electricity has been installed in a British city.  The crowd-powered phone charging points line the footpath from Telford Central railway into the town centre, allowing commuters to recharge their mobiles on the way to work.  See SWNS story SWLNpavement.  People's footsteps are converted into electricity as they run or walk on the bumpy pavement next to the ?Silver Swallow?  footbridge.eThis is then used to power two free mobile charging points located on the newly installed benches nearby.  A solar-powered digital screen displaying sustainability messages and information on the amount of energy generated from people's feet has also been installed.  The phone charging walkway was installed by Telford and Wrekin Council this month after being supplied by technology company Pavegen.

Telford hopes it will help commuters become more aware of the amount of electricity they use (Image: Telford & Wrekin Council / SWNS)

A high-tech bouncy pavement that can charge mobile phones by turning footsteps into electricity has been installed in a British city.  The crowd-powered phone charging points line the footpath from Telford Central railway into the town centre, allowing commuters to recharge their mobiles on the way to work.  See SWNS story SWLNpavement.  People's footsteps are converted into electricity as they run or walk on the bumpy pavement next to the ?Silver Swallow?  footbridge.eThis is then used to power two free mobile charging points located on the newly installed benches nearby.  A solar-powered digital screen displaying sustainability messages and information on the amount of energy generated from people's feet has also been installed.  The phone charging walkway was installed by Telford and Wrekin Council this month after being supplied by technology company Pavegen.

The unique energy source is seen as a way to create renewable energy (Image: Telford & Wrekin Council / SWNS)

    Councilors have helped support the new scheme (Image: Telford & Wrekin Council / SWNS)

Councilors have helped support the new scheme (Image: Telford & Wrekin Council / SWNS)

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– This sidewalk is a fun way to keep the climate conversation going and get people thinking about how they can contribute to making our neighborhood more sustainable.

“It’s also about letting people know what we’re doing as a council to fight climate change, which we hope will inspire them to make sustainable changes in their own lives.

“We hope this project reinforces their sense that their actions, literally, have the power to change the world.”

The people-powered walkway was installed in October and similar projects have been launched across the world from Milan to Hong Kong and Dubai.

It works similar to the kinetic dancefloor pop megastars Coldplay use for their world tour where the fans’ movements help generate electricity for the concert.

The coating consists of plates, made of rubber and stainless steel and contains an electromagnetic generator, which can produce 2.1 watts of electricity per hour.

A high-tech bouncy pavement that can charge mobile phones by turning footsteps into electricity has been installed in a British city.  The crowd-powered phone charging points line the footpath from Telford Central railway into the town centre, allowing commuters to recharge their mobiles on the way to work.  See SWNS story SWLNpavement.  People's footsteps are converted into electricity as they run or walk on the bumpy pavement next to the ?Silver Swallow?  footbridge.eThis is then used to power two free mobile charging points located on the newly installed benches nearby.  A solar-powered digital screen displaying sustainability messages and information on the amount of energy generated from people's feet has also been installed.  The phone charging walkway was installed by Telford and Wrekin Council this month after being supplied by technology company Pavegen.

The eco-friendly initiative cost £4m (Image: Telford & Wrekin Council / SWNS)

A high-tech bouncy pavement that can charge mobile phones by turning footsteps into electricity has been installed in a British city.  The crowd-powered phone charging points line the footpath from Telford Central railway into the town centre, allowing commuters to recharge their mobiles on the way to work.  See SWNS story SWLNpavement.  People's footsteps are converted into electricity as they run or walk on the bumpy pavement next to the ?Silver Swallow?  footbridge.eThis is then used to power two free mobile charging points located on the newly installed benches nearby.  A solar-powered digital screen displaying sustainability messages and information on the amount of energy generated from people's feet has also been installed.  The phone charging walkway was installed by Telford and Wrekin Council this month after being supplied by technology company Pavegen.

It is hoped that commuters will use the pavement daily (Image: Telford & Wrekin Council / SWNS)

A high-tech bouncy pavement that can charge mobile phones by turning footsteps into electricity has been installed in a British city.  The crowd-powered phone charging points line the footpath from Telford Central railway into the town centre, allowing commuters to recharge their mobiles on the way to work.  See SWNS story SWLNpavement.  People's footsteps are converted into electricity as they run or walk on the bumpy pavement next to the ?Silver Swallow?  footbridge.eThis is then used to power two free mobile charging points located on the newly installed benches nearby.  A solar-powered digital screen displaying sustainability messages and information on the amount of energy generated from people's feet has also been installed.  The phone charging walkway was installed by Telford and Wrekin Council this month after being supplied by technology company Pavegen.

It will help power other electricity cards near the train station (Image: Telford & Wrekin Council / SWNS)

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After details of the scheme were shared by the authority on social media, one person commented: “Bit of an expensive gimmick for me. Better things to fund.’

Another added: “Good idea for a science museum to show a principle. Not how I want a council to waste money.’

A third asked: ‘Why is your problem with people’s phone batteries? How much taxpayer money has this cost?

But others welcomed the new paving with one person: “What a great idea. Literally every little step can help the climate fight.’

Another expression: ‘Love this idea. Just needs to be expanded and implemented elsewhere now for it to have real impact.’

Laurence Kemball-Cook, managing director and founder of Pavegen who installed the pavement said: “This installation with Telford is a big step towards making a key UK transport hub smarter and greener, while educating and engaging citizens with Telford’s commitment to building a better planet.

“We have developed this technology to allow it to withstand the harshest of winters and are delighted that the people of Telford will try generating energy from themselves.”

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