30 Nov 2016
Alumnus’ company, Pavegen, is rapidly expanding into the US
In 2009, Industrial Design and Technology graduate, Laurence Kemball-Cook founded Pavegen; working to develop environmentally friendly pioneering technology. Since then the company has grown from a team of five to 40 worldwide, and has installed over 150 projects internationally.
Pavegen has developed a flooring technology that allows power to be generated from something as simple as footsteps. In the past year, Pavegen has raised £2 million and launched its new sleek tiles, called V3, in London and New York City.
During Laurence's Trade Mission in September, Pavegen received the great support of London Mayor, Sadiq Khan as well as being featured in a music video with Akon. Pavegen technology has also been seen in a music video with Pixie Lott, Jennifer Hudson & Steve Aoki.
The London and Cambridge-based company has not only installed its tiles onto everyday footpaths, but has also utilised the technology on a football pitch in Nigeria with the help of rapper & serial solar entrepreneur Akon. The tiles there are used to light the football pitch and streetlamps within the favela community. Other spaces have included shopping centres, airports, offices and schools.
The new triangular tiles, launched in May 2016, uses the original Pavegen concept and technology in a sleeker and more efficient way using three generators instead of one. The new design also generates over 200 times more power than the original 2009 model.
Already featured in many city locations, Pavegen has recently installed its V3 tiles over installations in the heart of Washington DC, within walking distance from the White House - in the historic district of Dupont Circle. With huge pedestrian footfall, the lighting in the area is now completely off-grid and will only be powered by pedestrians walking on the pavement.
Image courtesy of Pavegen.
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