If you have ever seen those street scenes of New York City in the movies, you can really see how a product such as Pavegen, a simple rubber tile with a spring-like action which generates energy when stepped on, is a brilliant concept when it comes to harnessing human energy power. Just imagine all the different places that could take advantage of people walking, jumping, dancing or just waiting in line, to harvest the kinetic energy generated by their stepping on Pavegen tiles. These are the innovations that are possible for the future of sustainability energy solutions.
The creation of these energy producing rubber tiles is affordable to begin with but with more large scale, and attention grabbing installations, the cost will continue to be attractive. As people become familiar with the product and understand how much potential there is for application in business environments, the mass-production and subsequent drop in cost is inevitable.
The initial applications were in schools where foot traffic throughout the day is fairly constant. After all, these kids of today are our energy consumers of tomorrow. They embraced the technology and even had fun with the interactive aspects of the product. People really responded to the way the tiles light up. In fact, they went out of their way to take time to generate power through play as seen in this video.
The goal is to create clean and reliable off-grid energy that can be used to power various applications such as charging stations or lighting solutions. With enough power generated you could feasibly power an entire building. In an airport, for example, the heavy foot traffic could generate enough energy to power all the electric signage in the area.
Kinetic energy is totally clean and sustainable and with new technology it has meant that the power generated can be used immediately stored in batteries. In this way the energy can be more directly focused for optimum usage.
Green building options continue to be forefront in planning as we move into the future. The Pavegen floor tile is an exciting solution that is worth watching as the site installations continue to grow and produce. It is definitely one of the more exciting products we have seen recently.