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12 December, 2016 - 14:32 By Tony Quested

Energy from footprints business makes great strides in US

Pavegen V3 DuPontCircle

Pavegen, the UK business whose technology harvests energy from footfall, is gaining traction in the US following successful projects in Washington DC and New York.

Founder and CEO, Laurence Kemball-Cook, said talks were underway with other municipalities about producing similar installations across the US. He added: “Expanding into the US is not only a huge step for Pavegen but also for the renewable energy sector – spreading the importance of sustainability across the globe and providing electricity when and where it is needed.

“Our technology allows people to fully interact with CleanTech and influence others to convert to cleaner methods of energy generation.”

Pavegen is headquartered in London and its engineering operation is at the Future Business Centre in Cambridge. The company’s V3 technology made its American bow at the WeWork office in Chelsea, New York in September. Then in mid-November, Pavegen delivered on its first large scale outdoor installation in the heart of Washington DC. Pavegen provided a seamless way for pedestrians to contribute renewable power to the local grid, by simply walking down the road. Every day 10,000 people will be passing over 240 sq feet of Pavegen tiles on Connecticut Avenue, metres away from the White House.

Pavegen developed its concept in 2009, while researching kinetic off-grid energy solutions in environments where low-carbon technologies like solar and wind are not practical. Pavegen tiles can be used in both indoor and outdoor locations and work best where there is high footfall such as retail and transport hubs. The technology is integrated, discreetly, into the existing environment, underfoot.

In seven years, Pavegen has delivered over 100 commercial projects worldwide for some of the biggest global brands including: Shell, Adidas, Coca-Cola, Sunglass Hut, Schneider Electric, Samsung and Harrods to name a few.

• Photograph courtesy – Pavegen

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