Optim Energy
A device that uses kinetic energy from traffic and pedestrians to generate clean power
How does it work?
Optim Energy transforms vibrations from vehicles and pedestrian footfall on roads into an electric current. It is different from established renewable energy sources including wind or solar because it generates power without relying on changeable weather. At the same time, no battery and no electricity connection to an external power source is needed.
Why is it needed?
Energy poverty is a major issue in Sierra Leonne – with just 26% of the population having access to electricity. In rural parts of the country, only 6% of people have electricity access, with most turning to solar lanterns and dry-cell batteries. As a result, it’s led to the destruction of forests as people chop down trees for firewood, which leaves Sierra Leone highly vulnerable to extreme events like flooding and landslides. Families' reliance on firewood and cheap kerosene generators also lead to frequent house fires.
How does it improve life?
With just two devices, this start-up solution provided free electricity to 150 households comprising around 1,500 citizens, as well as 15 schools where more than 9,000 students attend.