Major UK supermarket Sainsbury's is to tackle high prices from energy suppliers by installing kinetic road plates in Gloucester to harness vehicle power.
The road plates capture up to 30kW of energy every hour from vehicles passing over them, which can then be used as an alternative power source for check-out tills within the store, enabling the supermarket to reduce its energy use and its carbon footprint.
Peter Hughes, of Highway Energy Systems, has developed the technology and drivers will neither notice what is happening not suffer any ill effects from passing over the plates.
Alison Austin, Sainsbury's environment manager, said: "We want to continue offering great value but we also want to make the weekly shop sustainable. Using amazing technology like this helps us reduce our use of carbon and makes Sainsbury's a leading energy-efficient business."
Switching lighting to LED systems is also being adopted by some supermarkets in order to further improve energy efficiency levels and adopt greener practices.
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