The possibility of using energy-generating flooring is being considered at new metro stations
Mosinzhproekt Engineering Holding plans to implement innovative environmental protection technologies at construction sites, Yuri Kravtsov, the company’s General Director, said.
Mosinzhproekt is an operator of Moscow’s key urban development programmes, and close attention to environmental issues and improvement of production technologies are important priorities for the company. The possibility of using in the future energy-generating flooring, which transforms kinetic energy from people’s footsteps into electricity, at new metro stations is being considered,” the General Director of Mosinzhproekt noted.
Yuri Kravtsov explained that one unit of such flooring generates 6 watts of power from each footstep, citing the example of the West Ham metro station in London, and during the daytime a dozen of such tiles produces enough electricity to illuminate the entire station during the night.
“With the projected passenger traffic on the Big Circle Metro Line of 380 million people per year, energy-generating tiles can generate up to 6 MW of clean energy per day,” Yuri Kravtsov emphasised, specifying that electricity generated from passenger footsteps can serve as a power source for street lamps, indoor lighting of premises, turnstiles, ticket machines, information signboards and lighting of transport stops, direction signs, information signs, charging devices, wireless data transmission, etc.
“Electricity-generating flooring will significantly save energy, take the load off the main power sources and reduce the harmful impact on the environment,” the General Director of Mosinzhproekt noted.
In addition, according to Yuri Kravtsov, it is planned to install special aerators on water taps at construction sites, which will save up to 70% of water resources. And in order to efficiently use energy sources, it is planned to automate lighting in public spaces and to replace incandescent and fluorescent lamps with energy-saving LED lamps.
All these and other promising projects and innovative technologies in the field of environment and rational use of natural resources in the construction of infrastructure facilities aroused great interest among the guests and participants of the 10th Moscow Urban Forum (MUF) held on July 1-4 in the Zaryadye Concert Hall. In particular, Vladimir Dorovsky, Deputy General Director for QHSE at Mosinzhproekt JSC, spoke about them as part of the forum’s business programme at the session “Mission Possible. Utilities Infrastructure as a Key to Sustainable Development”.
The Moscow Urban Forum is the largest congress in the field of urban development, economics and architecture, which has been held in the capital annually since 2011 and brings together prominent statespersons, urbanists, architects and designers, experts and entrepreneurs to exchange experience and gain new professional knowledge. Mosinzhproekt Engineering Holding has been participating in the MUF as the Exclusive Partner since 2014.