Pavegen Launches Student Powered School

Children’s footsteps light up Kent Grammar School as Pavegen’s largest installation to date converts student footfall into a sustainable energy source

Today Pavegen Systems, the award-winning British energy harvesting company, announced its largest permanent installation to date, at Simon Langton Grammar School, in Kent. 24 kinetic tiles, covering 12 meters of a corridor, will harness and convert kinetic energy from student’s footsteps into a sustainable energy source.

Trialled successfully at major events, including the Paris Marathon and the London 2012 Olympic Games, this will be the first large scale installation of its kind in the education sector. During peak footfall periods Pavegen expects to generate a peak output of 100 watts of power, enough to power a combination of LED filaments, mobile phone charging and partially powering the main lights in the corridor, as well as sending wireless data through to the school hub to allow data monitoring.

Each tile is expected to generate 4 watts of power over the duration of each step, which is the equivalent of 4 joules of energy. The energy generated over one year, from the 24 tiles, will be able to:

- Fully charge 853 mobile phones or enough to power a phone call on your mobile for 2.5 years
- Keep an LED light bulb illuminated for over 2 months
- power an electric car to drive 7 miles

The tiles are manufactured from recycled lorry tyres and Pavegen is including recycled polymer concrete in current and future models. The tiles can be daisy-chained together, storing the power within batteries and creating energy that can be used instantaneously.

Matthew Baxter, the Head Master of Simon Langton School said “At Langton Grammar we strive to create an environment that inspires, educates and engages our pupils, so we’re delighted to be working with Pavegen, a pioneering British force in sustainable energy. Notwithstanding the economic impact, Pavegen tiles will have a huge educational influence on the children, involving them directly in the process of energy saving and embedding the issues of sustainability into their daily routines.”

This school installation is designed to encourage the surrounding communities and organisations to engage with a tangible and people-powered solution, and help them recognise the opportunities for an innovative off-grid energy technology within high footfall areas, regardless of the weather.

This installation will help to spread the word that a smart, low-carbon future is within our grasp, and that the disruptive technologies we need to make this a reality are already available today.

Laurence Kemball-Cook, CEO and inventor of the Pavegen technology says “Pavegen could play a key role in the smart cities of the future. Imagine if children running, playing and walking in all the schools in the UK, could help power the lights in their school corridors or the applications in their classrooms. This is the first step towards Pavegen’s vision of a more sustainable tomorrow.”