Lights powered by your footsteps

Startup EnGoPlanet is testing a hybrid system of solar panels and kinetic energy pads that will power street lights in Vegas’ Boulder Plaza. Four street lights and eight kinetic pads are being installed downtown.

The energy-efficient LED street lights primarily get their power from curved solar panels, which charge a battery during the day for operation at night. When the sky is cloudy or there’s not enough juice, the footstep pads are able to charge that battery, pumping out about four to eight watts per step.

Video credit: Endo Planet