May 18, 2012
Tiles May Help Shrink Carbon Footprint by Harnessing Pedestrian Power. The kinetic energy from the footsteps of pedestrians is being harnessed by special floor tiles developed by the London based technology startup Pavegen Systems. The tiles are 17.7-by-23.6 inches and are designed to be installed in crowded public areas such as airports, schools, malls, subway stations or anywhere else where pedestrians congregate en masse. The electricity generated from harnessing millions of footfalls is enough to power low-demand appliances such as lighting, signs, digital ads and Wi-Fi zones. Although this type of technology is not entirely new, company founder Laurence Kemball-Cook claims that his design is 200 times more efficient than rival products and capable of being produced on a mass scale so as to reduce costs to an affordable level. It is hoped that the proliferation of such technology can help reduce carbon emissions by helping offset the need for fossil fuel based electricity.