Pavegen is redefining sustainability in the built environment, through the development of our smart flooring technology. Our technology can be integrated within our data-driven smart cities and inspires future generations to diversify the renewable energy mix of tomorrow. Pavegen aims to connect and empower communities across the globe with off-grid energy, utilising the power of footsteps to contribute to a greater environmental goal.
Our cities grow at a rate of 1.5million people every week and by 2025 up to 40 cities will have a population greater than 10 million. (PwC hyperlink here). Poor weather conditions and sheltering from high-rise infrastructure means that traditional renewable sources are becoming less effective in our cities, as they cope with overwhelming energy demands. Pavegen was founded in 2009 by Laurence Kemball-Cook, with the aim to overcome these problems by developing a flooring tile that creates electricity from footsteps, and involves citizens as part of the energy-generating process.
As people walk across the Pavegen technology, the downward pressure from their footsteps causes generators to vertically displace; consequentially this rotatory motion creates energy from electro-magnetic induction and provides power on-demand. Over the last six years, the tile has evolved into an entire multifunctional flooring system; each individual tile is equipped with a wireless API that transmits real-time movement data. The Pavegen technology has the ability to connect to a range of mobile devices and building management systems, to improve connectivity in this digital age.
By working with the world’s largest brands and contributing to corporate social responsibility initiatives, Pavegen has positively impacted communities far and wide: from providing off-grid energy in favelas in Rio de Janeiro, to Secondary schools in South Africa and the USA. Pavegen has successfully installed their technology in over 100 high-footfall locations and primarily operates across five sectors: including transport hubs, shopping centres, stadia venues, airports and public spaces.