As fitbit people like to point out, walking does burn a lot of calories. But the energy you use doing it stops to be as sueful after your you get on pavement, fact. That is to say that Pavegen CEO and founder Lauerence Kemball saw the ability to create a new kind of sustainable energy technology that we can all use, and easily. 

This is a kind of tile that creates kinetic energy and recovery systems for the everyday user. We’ve seen a kind of these technologies in the past, to the tune of race cars and buses, but never anything like this. recovery systems in automobiles can convert kinetic energy normally lost from braking into electrical energy. Pavegen has found how to take this from the street, to your feet. This is a new frontier for energy. 

Pavegen hopes their tiles, which are all about capturing the spring in you step will change the way we move through the world and power it. The CEO compares their tiles to the sensation one has when walking in a children play area. The downward force we exert when walking and energy storing flywheel inside the tile spin in order to convert kinetic energy into electrical energy through electromagnetic induction. Basically, its like a generator, only instead of spinning a turbine, with wind, water or coal or something on a huge scale, it spins a fly wheel with each and every foot step.

What is so beautiful about this idea is its ingenious and environmentalism, but more than that its their simplicity. These tiles can conceivably go anywhere, there’s floor space and foot traffic. This could line the sidewalks of a airport terminal, sidewalks, or playgrounds or sports fields. That’s the idea that has attracted its large support from big companies like Shell, and celebrities like Al Gore and Akon the rapping, singing dancing sensation.

The creator has said that, ” I just hacked it together. There was wood in it, and it was held together by duct tape. I went to 150 venture capitalists, and they all said no, the government said it would never world, we can’t help.” But now who is having the last laugh, this guy and who is going to benefit, the whole planet.

This has been a long and taxing process, so much so that it has taken seven years to get to this point, and there is still so far to go. Pavegen tiles have since been used to fight light soccer pitchers in Brazil and Nigeria, a hallway in Heathrow airport, and offices and shopping centers in London. Although people respond well to them and its it cool gimmick, the reality remains that its a ways away from being something that is cost effective when compared to other means of energy production.  Still there is a lot of hope surrounding this little startup and the sky is the limit for what they are going to do. What is going to likely happen is that they patron restrictions will cease to be a thing and the technology will reach the next level in the hands of other designers.

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