Pavegen brings energy harvesting R & D to Cambridge
Pavegen, the company that generates electricity from footsteps, has formed a new campus in partnership with Allia Future Business Centre, Cambridge. This will allow the company to spearhead research & development into a new area of deep technologies, growing the offering and portfolio of products in the kinetic and software space.
Pavegen CTO, Craig Webster says: “This development marks a pivotal moment in Pavegen’s growth; with the construction and development of a new research space that will allow us to bring in the best talent, Pavegen’s next focus will be industrialising the product and software offerings.”
Caroline Hyde, director of workspace and enterprise support at Allia Future Business Centre, said: “We are delighted to welcome an innovative technology business like Pavegen to Cambridge. They are exactly the kind of business we hope to attract to the Future Business Centre and complement the exciting mix of growing environmental, technology and social ventures that have already based themselves here.
“Their move demonstrates the continuing growth of Cambridge as a leading centre for technology and innovation.”
Webster previously worked at Cambridge Consultants and Black & Decker; at Black & Decker he was responsible for over 50 million products in manufacture.
Alongside Webster, Pavegen is bringing in Dr Ben Gordon – a rockstar technologist who is a global expert in power electronics and holds a PhD in low energy power converters. They are also welcoming Jason Morgan, a leading electronics engineer at Aveillant, who has a hardware and software background working with Picochip, E2V and one of the largest technology companies in the world, Cisco Systems.
Pavegen CEO and founder Laurence Kemball-Cook (pictured) says: “We’re getting serious; this is the start of something huge. We’re building up our IP portfolio, growing our product range and making the most of the knowledge and advancements we’ve made over the past five years into the space of kinetic harvesting.”
Kemball-Cook developed the concept in 2009, whilst 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.
Permanent installations include three schools in the UK, the entrance of a large office and an installation at Federation Square, Melbourne. Pavegen units are also available in the modular form for use at events, such as exhibitions and marketing campaigns, to demonstrate a commitment to innovation, sustainability and CSR initiatives.