Pavegen creates electronic tiles that generate electricity and digital money
The British technology company Pavegen has created electronic tiles that record the passages of passers-by and from these impulses can generate electricity, data and digital money. The new product is present in more than 30 countries
The London-based company Pavegen created a system of electromagnetic generators incorporated into the tiles which allows registering the impulses of passers-by, generating electricity to illuminate the streets, important data on traffic patterns in the streets and digital money.
The London firm, created and directed by Laurence Kemball-Cook, emphasizes that innovation consists of an “interactive system that converts the kinetic energy (produced by the movement) of the footsteps into electricity and data, and that even rewards it transforming them in a digital currency.”
In simple words, and according to information provided by the company on its website, the light signals that the Bluetooth system sends at each step of the people on the streets can be measured through applications on smartphones that can also be connected to building management systems.
On the design of the tiles it can be highlighted that they are triangular in shape to maximize energy production as well as data capture and are covered with highly resistant vinyl. With each step, the edges rest on the generators and produce on average 5 watts of continuous power.
The most optimistic consider that if each step that people give is stored by these tiles the energy that this produces would serve to illuminate 25,000 homes for twelve months. It seems utopian, although Pavegen has made progress on it and its tiles are present in more than 30 countries.
The company signed a memorandum of understanding with the giant Siemens that would allow it to include its tiles in new smart city projects. Among the customers who are also buying the product are Google, Citgo, Forbes, BBC and Bloomberg.
Two important facts related to this technology are the participation of Pavegen in the “first intelligent street in the world”, in Bird Street (West End of London) as well as the application of its technology in “a new park near the White House in Washington DC (United States) “.
Among the strategic measures of the company can be mentioned the partnership with Google to create “the largest data and energy collection matrix in the world in Berlin (Germany),” says Will Brook, communications analyst at Pavegen.
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