Abu Dhabi International introduces energy harvesting walkway

Abu Dhabi International

Following a partnership with Pavegen (a UK-based clean-tech company) and Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company), Abu Dhabi International Airport has introduced an innovative new walkway that converts footsteps into off-grid electricity and data.

Marking a significant first in the Middle East, a 16m2 energy harvesting walkway has been constructed, which connects two terminals at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The footsteps of approximately 8,000 travellers per day will now be recorded 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.

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The system features screens depicting how much energy is being harvested, including a special game interface for children that shows airplanes rising and descending according to how much energy is being generated.

Excited about the new project, acting chief operations officer, Abu Dhabi Airports, Ahmed Al Shamisi 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 demonstrate Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to delivering innovative solutions for the international aviation community,” he added.

CEO, Pavegen, Laurence Kemball-Cook also noted: “With millions of visitors a day, airports are a key destination for our energy and data generating technology. As the first major Pavegen permanent installation in the Middle East, this a key milestone for us as we look to grow our presence in this fast-changing region.”