Pavegen: energy for cities through the power of footsteps

How would you like it if you could use the power of your citizens to collect energy and data, without them making extra efforts? Speaking of smart. This is smart. Pavegen, founded in 2009, has created a product that utilizes an energy source that is produced by the feet of your citizens. It uses the power, created by people walking or running. This way it can make cities work by itself to produce both data and energy. 

In short, it creates energy from footsteps using a unique tile based system. This incredibly exciting idea is poised to power the data-driven smart homes and cities of tomorrow. Pavegen is literally ‘The Next Step’ to make use of the power of many. Since inception in 2009, Pavegen have successfully installed over 150 projects in 30 countries, with global brands including: Coca-Cola, Shell, Adidas, Schneider Electric, Lexus, and Westfield.

Technology alone won’t make cities perform more efficiently. It’s about changing behaviors. Pavegen’s combination of physical interactivity and rich data is helping to bring smart cities to life.

How does Pavegen work?

The Pavegen technology is a multifunctional custom flooring system. Pavegen’s tiles are electro-magnetic. As people step on the tiles, their weight causes electric-magnetic induction generators to vertically displace, which results in a rotatory motion that generates off-grid electricity. Additionally, each tile is equipped with a wireless API that transmits real-time movement data analytics, whilst directly producing power when and where it is needed. Pavegen is also able to connect to a range of mobile devices and building management systems.

An addition to other renewable energies?

Although cities have much more surface on the walking grounds than for instance on roofs (solar power) and space for windturbines, the energy raised by the tiles is relatively low. Secondly, integrating the tiles on city streets on a wide scale still seems a long way ahead. The relatively high price of the tiles (600 GBP) per aquare metre are still a barrier, but the company is striving to get this price to as near as possible to normal tile prices.

Nevertheless, an evolution to keep an eye on.

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Pavegen Projects Showreel from Pavegen Systems on Vimeo.

But there is much more to it.  CEO Laurence Kemball-Cook can tell you all about it. Please follow this link to view a full keynote presentation about Pavegen.

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