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Posted on June 13, 2012 by  & 

Olympic visitors to power outdoor lighting

In March Pavegen Systems were announced as the winner of London's Export for Growth prize and will benefit from £5k worth of support and advice from UK Trade & Investment, PwC and HSBC to help further boost worldwide sales of its energy-generating floor tiles.
The technology consists of a rubber tile, 45 x 60 centimeters in size which when stepped on bends slightly, around 5 millimeters, harvesting the kinetic energy generated by a footstep and converting it into usable electricity at a rate of about 7 watts per footstep. At that rate, it takes only five tiles to power a small storefront, or light up the streetlamps on a relatively busy street, according to the Laurence Kemball-Cook, the company's CEO.
Pavegen has numerous projects and trials underway in Europe and in May The Black Eyed Pea's and Will-i-am performed on a Pavegen energy generating stage, during a fund raising event for Apl's 'We Can Be Anything' campaign, which helped to power the event. The tiles were also used to maximise the impact of a dancer's movements at Bestival on the Isle of Wight that saw 50,000 revellers over the 4 day festival generating energy to power lighting through dancing. The Pavegen dancefloor used to celebrate WWF's Earth Hour at Somerset House in London featured an interactive lightbox and a built in WIFI Hub powering a WWF twitter feed of the event.
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Pavegen installed an energy generating floor in combination with one of Nike Grind's surfacing products, Training Ground with Nike Grind. The Pavegen technology was placed under the Nike Grind in the Hub Culture Pavilion, to capture the kinetic energy from the delegates' footsteps to power indoor LED lighting (each Pavegen unit powered 4 LED spotlights).
The energy generating tiles are used in a diverse range of situations but one of Pavegen's largest installations is taking place at the Westfield Stratford City Mall in London. This mall is already one of the largest malls in Europe and as it is close to the Olympic Stadium, it is expected to see a huge increase in foot traffic with up to 14 million people walking through the area during the Olympics. The system is expected to generate approximately 50% of the total outdoor lighting energy needs of the Centre.
Credit and top image: Pavegen
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