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Kinetic Energy Generating Pavegen Floor Tiles Will Harvest Footsteps to Light UK Shopping Center

Posted By Molly Cotter On September 28, 2011 @ 10:38 am In Environment,Green Products,Innovation,Recycled Materials,Renewable Energy | 7 Comments

pavegen, Laurence Kembell-Cook, green energy, renewable energy, kinetic energy, recycled materials, eco design, green design, green products, Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre, green electricity [1]

With nearly 30 million shoppers a year, the Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre [2] has plenty of foot traffic. The mall plans to install a grid [3] of Pavegens in a main crossing outdoors between the shopping centre and the London Main Stadium [4], which is known as the heaviest trafficked area. Depending on the walkway’s [5] use, the grid will work its way up to powering the entire mall’s [6] lighting system.

The Pavegen floor tiles flex a slight 5 millimeters when stepped on, capturing kinetic energy [7] which is either stored in lithium polymer batteries [8] beneath its surface or converted into 2.1 watt-hours of electricity [9] and distributed throughout surrounding lights. The center of the tile illuminates [10] when stepped upon, not only informing the passerby of their contribution [11] to the environment but also encouraging the continuation of sustainable awareness [12] and decisions. The first designs were aimed at illuminating small spaces like bus stops [13], ticket machines, refrigerators [14], and shop signs, but with a large number of Pavegens, the possibilities are nearly limitless.

The Pavegen tiles themselves are completely eco-friendly. The entire casing is made of marine grade stainless steel [15] and recycled polymer with low carbon [16] concrete. The top surface is built entirely of old truck tires [17] that are not only a great use of recycled material, but also make the tiles incredibly durable [18] throughout years of weather and wear. Even the manufacturing [19] of the Pavegens is kept within 200 miles of the company’s main office, reducing energy wasted through transportation [20]and assembly.

After winning the Big Idea category of the U.K.’s Observer Ethical Awards [21] earlier this year, Kembell-Cook is now in the running to win the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur [22]of 2011 Award which would give him 10,000 ₤ to use towards his invention. Lets hope this will bring Pavegen tiles to the U.S and around the world soon.

+ Pavegen [23]

Via Core 77 [24]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/award-winning-pavegen-floor-tiles-will-use-energy-from-footsteps-to-light-up-uk-shopping-center/pavegen6/

[2] Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre: http://uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity

[3] grid: http://inhabitat.com/energy-101-what-is-a-smart-grid/

[4] Main Stadium: http://inhabitat.com/confiscated-weapons-used-to-build-londons-olympic-stadium/

[5] walkway’s: http://inhabitat.com/gensler-to-break-ground-on-floating-thames-river-park-for-london/

[6] mall’s: http://inhabitat.com/kmd-designs-park-covered-underground-mall-for-mexico/

[7] kinetic energy: http://inhabitat.com/magneter-magnetic-highway-harvests-kinetic-energy-from-cars-to-generate-electricity/

[8] batteries: http://inhabitat.com/car-bodies-store-energy/

[9] electricity: http://inhabitat.com/coal-electricity-production-drops-to-its-lowest-point-in-30-years/

[10] illuminates: http://inhabitat.com/candy-colored-glass-illuminates-art-filled-passageway-between-renovated-16th-century-buildings/

[11] contribution: http://inhabitat.com/surprise-another-report-shows-that-eating-meat-contributes-to-global-warming/

[12] awareness: http://inhabitat.com/eve-moshers-insert-____-here-art-project-points-to-climate-change-solutions/

[13] bus stops: http://inhabitat.com/bus-stop-shelter/

[14] refrigerators: http://inhabitat.com/solar-powered-fridge-by-emily-cummins/

[15] stainless steel: http://inhabitat.com/tag/stainless-steel-scrubbing-sponge/

[16] low carbon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-carbon_building

[17] truck tires: http://inhabitat.com/mio-debuts-the-rubber-stool-at-icff-no-assembly-required/

[18] durable: http://inhabitat.com/researcher-grows-durable-bio-bricks-from-sand-bacteria-and-urea/

[19] manufacturing: http://inhabitat.com/solar-manufacturer-solyndra-files-for-bankruptcy/

[20] transportation : http://inhabitat.com/william-browns-lockheed-stratoliner-hydrogen-jet-can-go-anywhere-on-earth-without-refueling/

[21] Observer Ethical Awards: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/observer-ethical-awards-2011

[22] Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur : http://www.shell-livewire.org/awards/young-entrepreneur-of-the-year-award

[23] + Pavegen: http://www.pavegen.com/

[24] Core 77: http://www.core77.com/blog/sustainable_design/pavegen_former_id_students_electricity-generating_floor_tile_gaining_traction_20621.asp

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