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UK’s new rail station tech turns your footsteps into electricity

Two walkways made from kinetic floor tiles have been installed at Leighton Buzzard train station, through a partnership between Central Bedfordshire Council and technology provider Pavegen. As pedestrians walk across the paving system supplied by the UK start-up, the weight from their footsteps compresses electromagnetic generators below, producing electricity which will be used to power two USB-charging benches as well as a digital screen. Funded by the Department of Transport through the £22.9 million (US$31.7 million) ADEPT SMART places Live Labs Programme, the pilot is understood to be the first of its type at a UK transport hub and the…

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