Kembell-Cook, the director of Pavegen Systems has come up with a new way to produce clean electricity from pedestrian traffic. The Pavegen tiles are expected to harvest energy from footsteps. They are perfect for cities where there are high foot-traffic areas.
The operating mechanism is as follows: the tiles convert the kinetic energy from the footsteps of pedestrians into great amounts of renewable energy, which can be used to power low-wattage, off-grid applications like displays, street lighting, alarms, speakers, signs, and advertising or can be stored in lithium polymer batteries for later use.
As the company said, one tile is able to generate about 2.1 watts of electricity per hour and every time a user steps on the tile, a central light illuminates. The tiles are made from some marine grade stainless steel and 100-percent recycled materials (mostly rubber).
Currently the Pavegen tiles were used as a dance floor at Bestival on the Isle-of-Wright and are under tests in East London. They are also planned to be used for the London 2012 Olympics Site where will be used in the crossing between the Olympic stadium and the Westfield Stratford City Shopping Center.