Pavegen is a company making revolutionary floor tiles that can capture and store energy. The tiles catch the kinetic energy from footsteps and turn it into renewable energy, and they have already been installed all over the world.
Laurence Kemball-Cook, the founder and CEO of Pavegen, first had the idea when he was trying to come up with a way to power street lights with solar energy and wind. The city was very shaded, and he started to wonder how he could use the bustling city streets to his advantage.
Pavegen has been installed in over 38 countries and had over half a billion footsteps on its tiles. Just one footstep can generate up to seven watts of electricity! They are currently in airports, busy cities, and train stations, and they even have plans to install outside of the White House.
Not only do the tiles generate electricity, but they also send out wireless data. Kemball-Cook told the Guardian, “When you stand on a tile, it sends out wireless data. This is useful for crowd flow modeling – seeing how people move through cities. You can use it to control lighting more efficiently. It’s also a really key way for retailers to know how many people are visiting their shops. We imagine Google will cover streets with this in the future and use the data in interesting ways.”
The company also has more exciting stuff on the horizon. They recently installed gaming and dance floor pads in Munich, Germany. Over a thousand people have played with the technology which has provided enough energy to drive an electric car 700 miles.
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