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29 Apr 2015

Step change for Loughborough graduate company Pavegen

Laurence Kemball-Cook receives the Canary Wharf Group’s Level 39 Cognicity Challenge Award

Loughborough University graduate company Pavegen has taken another step towards scaling and refining its energy generating floor tiles for global distribution and installation.

The appointment of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Craig Webster brings to the company a wealth of experience in developing new technologies, teams and business streams.

Over the past 30 years, he has worked with a range of leading companies and organisations including Black and Decker, specialising in the design of high-efficiency low-cost electromechanical products. He has also served as Director and Head of Clean-tech with Cambridge Consultants Ltd; and was the Founder and board member of Cambridge based clean-tech start-up, Aveillant Ltd.

With Pavegen, he will initially focus on scaling up the technology for mass production – reinforcing the company’s position in the sustainable energy generation industry.

Mr Webster says of his recent appointment: “In my opinion, Pavegen is one of the most exciting companies within the clean technology sector today. Our aspirations are high, but entirely achievable within a commercially realistic timeframe.”

Certainly, the company’s innovative floor tile technology – which harvests energy from footfall for use in a range of applications spanning street lighting, way-markers and advertising signage – is generating a great deal of interest worldwide.

The company recently added another accolade to its growing collection – being Highly Commended in the Canary Wharf Group’s Level 39 Cognicity Challenge which means that Pavegen technology will soon be installed in Canary Wharf.

Loughborough Design School graduate and Pavegen Founder Laurence Kemball-Cook says of the award: “We are thrilled with the opportunity to pilot our technology in Canary Wharf and the chance to show how it can support the improvement of standards of living for generations to come.”

Notes for editors

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.


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