EnGo public charging station serves university students

EnGo public charging station serves university students

Kinetic tiles and solar panels are ready to power up mobile devices for people on the go thanks to something called the EnGo charging station. The technology involves a combination of kinetic tiles and solar panels. The tiles are designed to harvest energy from footsteps.

"It makes sense, really, to place something like the EnGo in areas where there is plenty of foot traffic," commented Ubergizmo. The EnGo station, from the New York-based Volta Group, is, as the company said, being powered by two simple things: the sun and your footsteps. How does it work? Each station is equipped with and kinetic energy tiles. Each time someone walks over the tile, renewable energy is produced which goes directly to EnGo. With additional energy from the sun through the solar panels, EnGo is to provide a charge for almost all portable gadgets. EnGo offers wireless charging as well; one places the device on a pad and charging begins. What's more, EnGo is serving as a free Wi-Fi hotspot.

The EnGo includes installed chargers to fit phones and tablets, two USB charge ports, and two wireless charging pads. The designers also provided an emergency button that dials directly to help. The charging station started installation this month at the main campus of Webster University in St. Louis. This is the first EnGo mobile device powering station installed in the United States, according to the Webster University report. The school station can recharge up to 14 simultaneously at the East Academic Building. Branko Zivkovic, co-founder of Volta Group, is a Webster alumnus. According to the university news site, the EnGo station comes equipped with 10 cables that cover most models of cell phones and tablets, USB ports and the pads. The station, along with the cost of installation and customizing the unit to match the University's logo, will cost about $20,000, said the report.

Volta Group, meanwhile announced this month that its Portable EnGo Charging Station will be a part of the AT&T Fan Zone Tour, to last for 11 weeks and to visit 11 U.S. cities.

Petar Mirovic, chief executive officer of Volta Group, noted the station not only offers people convenience but also supports raising awareness about the environment. "The EnGo Charging Station provides free recharging and also serves as an educational tool with the main goal to motivate people to become more aware how their actions affect the planet, while also increasing their awareness about importance of using renewable energy sources. We cannot hope to create a sustainable culture with any but sustainable-oriented people."


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Sep 23, 2014
I'm guessing there's an intermediate storage battery in the EnGo pedestal, but I can't help but have this image of some frantic student with a dead phone, trying to make a call while jumping up and down on the kinetic tiles.

Sep 23, 2014
Take an exit from the highway. Drop your cellphone in a chute there. Pick up 1 temporary phone there for any emergencies.
Reach the suggested exit & grab your well-charged cellphone back there, of course, after you exchange your temp. one there.
How long does it take to install such a system on the road sides...of course, underground...a tunnel like?

Sep 23, 2014
It is projects like this that epitomize the huge economic fraud that is being perpetrated by the renewable energy crowd.

Sep 23, 2014
I am still amazed at how many folk are still ignorant of alternative energy. Because it is not their field, they are ripe for emotional manipulation, vulnerable to screams of "WMD!" or whatever fits their politics.

We have to overcome the fears and obstinance of the ignorati, the politically-manipulated folk from the poorly-educated side of society.

Sep 23, 2014
"We have to overcome the fears and obstinance of the ignorati, the politically-manipulated folk from the poorly-educated side of society."

The biggest threat to society are the educated be economically ignorant. They are in positions of power but do not have the slightest idea of the meaning of EROI or how a viable economy functions.

They have been on the government teat their whole life and think that the government actually creates wealth and well being !!!!!!!!!!!

Sep 23, 2014
Speak for yourself.

We can live without an economy, which we did for a few million years, but cannot exist without an environment to make our Oxygen, clean our water, and provide us with food.

BTW, I suggest a course in Environmental Economics. I had it in graduate school.

Sep 23, 2014
"We can live without an economy, which we did for a few million years, but cannot exist without an environment to make our Oxygen, clean our water, and provide us with food.

BTW, I suggest a course in Environmental Economics. I had it in graduate school."

OMG, you have a masters degree. You are among the over educated but still ignorant group. It is really a shame that you had to take out a massive student loan to pay for your indoctrination.


Sep 23, 2014
Oh,my, MR666 is looking for something to criticize. No loan, I paid for it myself, being over 30 years old at the time.

Let's discuss the topic, shall we? I promise to not bring up your lack of pertinent education.

You will be excited to know I am partially responsible for our electric vehicles, being on several task forces, committees, and working groups funding electric vehicles for the Electric Power Research Institute.

Maybe one day, you can actually drive the electric Tesla of your dreams, made in California by hippies.

Sep 23, 2014
Gyam you need to learn how to pick your battles . If you were trying to defend solar or wind supplying grid power you might stand a chance. Trying to defend a $20.000.00 kisok that charges cell phones is ludicrous.

Sep 23, 2014
I am not defending a kiosk, but the technology, and the mental set of living within our means, not fouling our nest.

There is no need to defend alternative technologies, we have used them for a generation in California.

Sep 23, 2014
Take an exit from the highway. Drop your cellphone in a chute there.....
How long does it take to install such a system on the road sides...of course, underground...a tunnel like?
2 tunnels on either side of the road. When you drop in your cellphone, it goes to your next exit charging the cellphone while moving. At the next exit you drop in the temp. cellphone which may or may not return back to the previous exit again charging it (usually stays there if unused...A surplus of temps would not necessitate too much movement). These 2 tunnels are for Northward or Eastward Highway. Another pair of tunnels for Southward or Westward Highway!

Sep 23, 2014
betterexists, show us your version.

Sep 23, 2014
"2 tunnels on either side of the road. When you drop in your cellphone, it goes to your next exit charging the cellphone while moving. At the next exit you drop in the temp. cellphone which may or may not return back to the previous exit again charging it (usually stays there if unused...A surplus of temps would not necessitate too much movement). These 2 tunnels are for Northward or Eastward Highway. Another pair of tunnels for Southward or Westward Highway!"

Yeah, that shouldn't cost more than 10,000 times as much as plugging the cell phone into a car outlet. All of this energy waste and expense so that we can text useless messages to people that don't really care.

Sep 23, 2014
Have a better idea? Do it!

Sep 23, 2014
Yet another research breakthrough for climate science.

http://www.thebla...much-of/

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