Interactive walkway at Abu Dhabi airport to convert passenger footsteps into electricity

Interactive walkway at Abu Dhabi airport to convert passenger footsteps into electricity
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Published: 6 December 2018 - 8 a.m.
By: Nikhil Pereira

The Abu Dhabi International Airport has launched an interactive walkway, which converts travellers footsteps into electricity.

Abu Dhabi Airports commissioned Pavegen, a UK clean-tech company, in collaboration with Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company).

The off-grid electricity walkway is a 16 m2 energy harvesting system and connects two terminals within the capital’s airport.

The airport authority says that it 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 also incorporates screens to highlight how much energy is being harvested with a user-friendly interface.

Ahmed Al Shamisi, acting chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Airports said: “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”.

“Our environmental performance and green initiatives demonstrates Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to delivering innovative solutions for the international aviation community.”

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