Pavegen

Renewable energy through paving slabs, harvesting energy from people's footsteps

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GB United Kingdom
Web http://www.pavegensystems.com/
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About the project Edit

Pavegen is a new invention that produces renewable energy through paving slabs, harvesting energy from people's footsteps. Pavegen converts the kinetic energy of each footstep into electricity that is stored in the slab. Each rubber slab from UK-based Pavegen Systems gets depressed by about 5 mm each time it gets stepped on. Using just that small movement, it can convert the kinetic energy used into electricity, which is then stored in the slab. Just five slabs spread over a lively sidewalk has the ability to generate enough energy to illuminate a bus stop throughout the night. Specifically, 5 percent of the energy harvested is used to make the slab's LED glow, making it clear to users that their energy has been captured. The rest can be used to power pedestrian lighting, information displays and many other applications.:) dfsfs

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Pavegen is an innovative way to get the most out of a common activity – walking. The technology behind the invention is of great creativity as well. Constructed from marine grade stainless steel and recycled materials, the surface (which comes in a variety of choice colors) of each slab features the rubber from old tires, and the internal components are made from recycled aluminium.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Pavegen has it first impact on the environment. It is a sustainable way to produce electricity designated for cities lighting. Moreover, the glow produced whenever a slab is stepped on not only informs the passerby of their contribution, but also reinforces a sustainable attitude and an increased awareness of the energy that is continually created and expended by each individual.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

IkrlolPavegen stone has an estimated system life of five years of use, or 20 million steps.

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