Generating energy from coal-fired plants and fossil fuels is a human indulgence of the past. With life slowly being choked out of the environment, human-kind desperately needs to resort to newer and more efficient ways of powering up. Laurence Kemball-Cook’s Pavegen concept works as one of those eco-friendly ways of generating energy. In essence a pavement tile that converts kinetic energy derived from footfalls into usable electricity, the Pavegen concept is a promising one indeed.
The Pavegen technology was put to use at the London 2012 Olympic Games and worked brilliantly. The energy harvested from footfalls is converted and stored in lithium polymer batteries. This usable electricity can then be used to power up public infrastructure light street lights, stop signs and more.