Simply put, you step on a Pavegen tile and it powers a small lithium battery. The energy stored can then be distributed to nearby city-owned infrastructure like street lamps or traffic lights. At least that’s the set up Pavegen are aiming to transform. This might be in a sidewalk near you sooner than you think.
Helmed by this guy named Laurence-Kembell Cook, Pavegen Systems are a small company who want to bring sustainable solutions to a crowded sidewalk somewhere. Thanks to the abundance of (mostly wasted) kinetic energy produced by purposeful everyday footwork, Pavegen tiles absorb countless steps and convert these into a viable power source. Problem is, when pedestrian traffic vanishes at certain hours—like night time for example—what then?
Turns out Pavegen is also designed to store energy. Each tile is made of recycled materials and stainless steel, engineered to be weather proof as well. They’re also tough enough to withstand lots of pressure. Probably the best place for Pavegen are large metropolitan areas. London and Tokyo come to mind. In fact, Pavegen’s biggest client to date is the upcoming London Olympics. Woah.
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Okay, let’s have fun. Try naming five walking intensive, pedestrian clogged cities where the Pavegen could harvest tons of kinetic energy.