Wind-powered lampposts get the green light

Britain’s lampposts could soon be saving energy by harvesting the power of the wind. IT firm NVT Group and green innovator Own Energy plan to bring the technology to market together following a […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Britain’s lampposts could soon be saving energy by harvesting the power of the wind.

IT firm NVT Group and green innovator Own Energy plan to bring the technology to market together following a recent strategic partnership between the companies.

Own Energy says it will fit suitable streetlights with a small wind turbine and ‘inverter system’ to harvest wind energy and feed it directly into the National Grid – each lamppost conversion will save half a ton of Carbon Dioxide being released into the atmosphere.

The deal will also create 25 new jobs in the next 12 months, rising to around 300 within three years.

David Gordon, CEO of Own Energy, said: “There are around 10 million lampposts in the UK and upwards of 20% of these are suitable for conversion which makes this a very scalable business opportunity with huge export potential.”

Streetlights in London and Copenhagen are also in the process of becoming more sustainable.