Power walking: London’s Pavegen uses footsteps to generate electricity – The National

  • Date: 20-Apr-2024
  • Source: The National
  • Sector:Oil & Gas
  • Country:UAE
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Power walking: London’s Pavegen uses footsteps to generate electricity – The National



At the 2024 World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, it’s possible to use your footsteps to generate electricity, and in turn, power software that will help plant mangrove trees.The flooring technology is being promoted by London-based renewable energy power generation company Pavegen, which has the tiles installed in more than 37 countries.“There’s an electromagnetic generator underneath the tile, and when you step on it, the downwards motion of the footstep spins the flywheel within the electromagnetic generator,” explained Farah Rashid, a sales executive for Pavegen.“The rotational energy is then converted into off-grid electricity.”The company acknowledges that while the tiles generate a “relatively small amount of electromagnetic energy”, 3 to 5 joules per footstep, the installations have been able to illuminate LED street lights, charge small devices, and even help irrigate wall garden installations.Ms Rashid said the model on display at the World Future Energy Summit is customised to use data from footsteps to interact with software which helps to fund donations to plant mangrove trees in the UAE. There are many ways the data can be used to inform, educate and help with various philanthropic causes, she added.At Zayed International Airport in Abu Dhabi, the company also worked with