Stepping Down for EnergyWednesday 11th May 2016
UK firm Pavegen’s floor tiles that convert the kinetic energy of footsteps into electricity were first developed in 2009, and we posted about how they had laid their high-tech paving slabs for the 2012 London Olympics. Now the firm has launched a new version of their tiles. The new version is more efficient but is also able to capture footfall data.
The new Pavegen technology, known as V3, is sleeker and far more efficient, generating over 200 times more power than the first model manufactured in 2009. The new unique triangular design maximises energy output and data capture. Its high durability and simple deployability allows Pavegen to generate renewable energy where and when it is needed. The flooring is entirely customisable to seamlessly integrate into any indoor or outdoor location.
The energy generated can also be utilised to bring advertising campaigns to life, the simple on-demand solution can also improve safety by powering off-grid lighting by illuminating your path as you walk. The company has also developed a bespoke high-spec LED matrix using 90% efficient drivers, which ensures that the renewable source is powered entirely through footfall.
The new technology has also increased data applications, which includes a comprehensive analysis of consumer patterns by continuous footfall tracking and heat mapping. Bridging the gap between the digital and the physical worlds allowing integration within a smart city infrastructure.
Two installations have already been confirmed with the new Pavegen model; one set to take over the largest shopping centre in Europe, Westfield, London.
Wednesday 11th May 2016