pavegen: kinetic energy generation from footsteps
pavegen: kinetic energy generation from footsteps pavegen: kinetic energy generation from footsteps
jan 03, 2013

pavegen: kinetic energy generation from footsteps

pavegen: green energy generation from footsteps



born in the UK, pavegen has developed an energy recovery system powered through footsteps. the concept harnesses the kinetic energy from footsteps and converts it into renewable electricity. by stepping, jumping, or hopping on a ‘pavegen floor tile’, users create clean, off-grid electricity used to power multiple applications – from lighting, to interactive learning displays and charging can be collected on the harvested input, displaying in real-time on any web address from each unit.


using kickstarter as an initiative to promote an interactive, educational format for students to engage with renewable energy creation and get active, pavegen has designed an installation proposal that could be implemented into busy school spaces. the install brings sustainability to life in the day-to-day routines at school, presenting an innovative tool for engaging lesson plans, whilst providing power for the lights in the hallway. from this, students would ultimately create electricity, just by walking to class.



pavegen energy generators



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pavegen school demonstration

  • Awesome concept. I had a very similar concept applying a similar system to roadways or busy air/rail/sea terminals. Good luck! Hopefully you don’t beat me to develop my other ideas. 😉

    DES says:
  • I have an outrageous fees and taxes because of public power company providing for my needs on electricity. Do you think this technology could provide my needs on heating, electricity and other housing needs such as a washing machine or cooking for an apartment of 30m2? Do you know example that this technology has implemented for housing?
    Thanks for reading my email and looking forward for your answer.

    Helen Dimaki says:
  • A similar concept developed back in 2003 and published in Popular Science Magazine as well as on core77. Congratulation on the project in any case.

    bikram mittra says:
  • The Facility, a London based Architecture firm proposed a project for the refurbishment of the railway vaults of London Bridge Station using this principle over a decade a go.

    dextersdragon says:

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