Pavegen unveils world’s first energy-harvesting smart street in London

June 30, 2017 by  
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An underutilized street in London’s West End has been transformed into a colorful outdoor space exhibiting sustainable technologies , and right down the center runs Pavegen’s energy-generating pavement . The company, which has been around since 2009, has seen their pavement that harvests power from footsteps installed in 150 projects, but now their product is part of what they describe as the world’s first smart street. Walkers traversing the pavement can connect to an app and see how their footsteps in Bird Street have generated electricity . Pavegen installed a 107-square-foot array in Bird Street to harness and convert the power of footsteps into electricity, which will supply energy for lights and bird sounds in the area. Bluetooth Low-Energy transmitters are also part of this array, so that users can interact with the array via apps. People can see their steps on the energy-harvesting pavement translate into discounts, vouchers, and clean electricity. Related: Pavegen’s kinetic walkway in South African mall will power rural villages Pavegen CEO Laurence Kemball-Cook said in a statement, “With installations in Washington, D.C. and at vital transport hubs including Heathrow, 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.” Other sustainable technologies on Bird Street include Airlabs’ CleanAir bench, which sucks nitrogen dioxide from the air to create a clean air bubble. Airlite air-purifying paint was also used in Bird Street. Pop-up shops offering shopping or dining beckon visitors. The outdoor space is meant to offer a vision for healthier urban areas. Transport for London Director of City Planning Alex Williams said the innovative Bird Street concepts could be brought to other areas of London, bringing 21st century thinking to improve urban streets. + Pavegen Images courtesy of Pavegen

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How a city in Bangladesh famously won its war on air pollution

June 22, 2016 by  
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Rajshahi, a city in Bangladesh , used to be known for was air pollution . Locals battled dust and smog, often leaving windows closed on stifling summer days to avoid gathering a layer of dirt inside. It was ranked as one of the ” world’s most polluted cities “. Then they turned things around. In a surprise success story, Rajshahi cut more air pollution than any other place on Earth. Efforts to address pollution in Rajshahi began over 15 years ago with a drive to plant trees . About 12 years ago, the city addressed transportation pollution by purchasing rickshaws from China that are battery-powered, cutting down on fumes expelled by diesel- and petrol-powered vehicles. Large trucks were banned from entering the city center during the day. Brick kilns were outfitted with different chimneys and fuel to reduce pollution. Related: 6 brilliant smog-eating designs ridding cities of air pollution Inspired by visits to London, China and Japan, Rajshahi’s chief engineer Ashrafel Haque started building new, better pavements in the town. These not only encourage people to walk, but also help keep dust levels down. So far the city has built around nine miles of pavement, with plans to build an additional 21 miles. Haque is also working to install Bangladesh’s first bicycle lane which will further reduce the need to use cars and other polluting vehicles. Concentrations of PM10 and PM2.5, measurements of coarse and fine particle pollution, show the difference in air pollution levels. Between 2014 and 2016, PM10 levels plunged from 195 micrograms per cubic meters to 63.9, nearly a two-third reduction. PM2.5 levels dropped from 70 micrograms per cubic meter to 37. Residents now express pride in Rajshai, and residents with asthma report life is particularly better for them now. According to The Guardian, now that the city has been cleaned up, locals work harder to keep it clean. Via The Guardian Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Dazzling STARPATH Pavement Glows in the Dark to Provide Energy-Free Illumination

October 21, 2013 by  
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UK-based company Pro-Teq has developed a glow-in-the-dark product called “ STARPATH “ that can be applied to virtually any pavement surface to provide energy-free lighting once night falls. The material absorbs light during the day to create a luminous glow at night, and it is also non-slip and water-resistant, so it could reduce accidents while increasing visibility Read the rest of Dazzling STARPATH Pavement Glows in the Dark to Provide Energy-Free Illumination Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ambient lighting , asphalt , cambridge , cambridge city council , carbon credits , christ’s pieces , cost effective , elastomeric polyeurethane , Glow-in-the-dark , hamish scott , pavement , pro-teq , starpath , UK        

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Parking Lots to Do Double Duty as Water Heaters, Chillers

October 25, 2010 by  
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Long derided as a waste of space and a symbol of sprawl, the heat energy in the pavement in your lot could soon be used to heat hot water or be used in absorption chillers to provide cooling.

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Green Fashion at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York: Ancient Uzbek Fabrics, Bark Belts, and More (Slideshow)

September 10, 2010 by  
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GULI Collection, Spring 2011 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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Fight for Your Right to Drink Bottled Water (Video)

September 10, 2010 by  
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Photo via Life Dynamix There’s (thankfully) been a lot of attention focused lately on the behind-the-scenes influence of corporations on public policy and opinion — see Jane Mayer’s great expose of the extremely powerful billionaire Koch brothers for a good example. Over the last year we’ve seen corporations sponsor “grassroots” movements fighting health care reform, the oil industry back anti-climate legislation

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Could Subway Trains Generate Power with Regenerative Braking?

September 10, 2010 by  
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Photo: Flickr , CC Could Save Millions of Dollars Per Year Vehicles without regenerative braking are throwing away a lot of energy every time they brake (movement is converted into heat via friction on the brake pads). Hybrid and electric car address that problem by capturing as much of that energy as possible and converting it into electricity, and the same might be about to happen to subway trains with the added twist that it would be tied to the (smart) power grid. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPT..

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San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks Initiative Gets a Major Boost

February 26, 2010 by  
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Streets and public rights-of-way make up a whopping 25% of San Francisco’s total land area–more land than all of the city’s parks combined. Many of the streets are wider than necessary or contain wasted space, and that’s where the Pavement to Parks initiative comes in.

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December 22, 2009 by  
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As soon as the first raindrop hits the pavement in any big city, vendors magically appear to sell umbrellas for almost pennies. The sad fact is that hundreds of these umbrellas will bite the dust very quickly (A moment of silence for our fallen soldiers). Yes, what sounds like a money saver at the time is probably an umbrella that will only last a few storms, ending up in a bin on the corner and eventually a landfill.

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