One step beyond for Kent Grammar School

A Kent Grammar School has taken its innovation and sustainability agenda a ‘step beyond’ by installing the acclaimed Pavegen energy harnessing system.

Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys near Canterbury is the first school to take advantage of the multi-award winning technology, installing Pavegen’s electricity generating tiles in a busy school corridor.

Every time a Pavegen slab is stepped on by one of 1,100 staff and pupils, kinetic energy is converted into electricity, five percent of which goes into lighting an LED on the surface of the slab, with the remaining power used for lighting the interior of the corridor.

Pavegen’s founder and CEO; Laurence Kemball-Cook, a former Langton Grammar pupil, selected the school to be the first of many benefitting from Pavegen’ renewable energy system.

Laurence explains: “As a Langton Grammar old boy I’d had firsthand experience of the school’s design and innovation pedigree, so I was determined it became the first school to benefit from a Pavegen installation.”

“Why?” Continues Laurence: “Well, Pavegen addresses so many of the issues that are important to young people today - such us innovation, sustainability, energy.  It’s today’s school leavers that will be tasked with keeping the lights on in a world less reliant on fossil fuels.  Pavegen challenges us all to consider energy and how it’s sourced in a completely new way.”

“Pavegen and the issues it raises tie in perfectly with a number of academic subjects, including Science, Geography and Design & Technology – I hope that the system can be used to help teach all of them.

Langton Grammar School’s Design & Technology subject leader Brian Hurlow has been delighted with the installation: “We’re constantly trying to find new ways of exposing students to the very latest in innovation and technology, so having something as cutting-edge as Pavegen’s solution at Langton’s is a real coup.

“From my perspective, the key feature of Pavegen’s technology is that it’s simple in concept but challenges us to think about how we source our energy – that’s innovation at its best.

“But it’s Pavegen’s enormous green energy potential that has fascinated our A-Level and A/S-Level students. They have been able to consider the potential future implications of ‘Crowd sourcing’ energy in urban environments as part of their Design & Technology sustainability modules.”

Brian concludes: “The benefit for our students is simple:  Pavegen has given them a unique opportunity to engage with real and disruptive innovation created by someone not much older than themselves.  If that’s not inspirational I don’t know what is.”

And Pavegen and Langton’s have some exciting plans for the future, explains Laurence: “The school has a highly proactive Eco-Council lead by sixth formers and comprising of pupils from every school year.  We’re very keen for them to visit London’s Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre which will be home to one of the largest commercial installations of Pavegen’s tiling system, learning how it will be used to power lighting and advertising displays in high footfall areas -providing half of the total electricity needed for its outdoor lighting.”

Laurence concludes: “We’re also very keen to work with other schools and develop this interactive and thought-provoking learning medium.”

Pavegen will be exhibiting its unique technology at this year’s Design & Technology Show at the Birmingham NEC from 17th to 19th November on stand A72. As the only subject specific education show of its kind in Europe, the Design and Technology show attracts teaching professionals from primary, secondary, further and higher education institutions looking for new equipment, ideas and techniques.