My name is Laurence Kemball-Cook and I’m the Founder and CEO of Pavegen Systems. In 2009 I had an idea that we could harvest the energy from people’s footsteps, so every time people walk on our floor it would store that energy and it would be used to power the cities of the future. I sat in a flat in 2009 with just an idea and over the past five years we’ve taken it to over 20 countries, we’ve taken it to retail environments, transport hubs, sports stadiums and even offices. So for us, we’re really excited about the future and what that holds.
Our vision is to make a floor tile the same price as normal flooring, so not only is our product visually appealing, it also provides data around how people move, and energy to power the building. So imagine if people around the world when they walk to work in the morning, they can power the lights during their walk home in the evening. Our grand vision is to turn every city into a localised power plant. So every bridge, every building, every sidewalk can harness energy, and even looking at things like roads and harvesting energy from every vehicle that drives down the street.
It’s vital we look towards the Asia market for future revenue growth of our business. If you were to segregate China as an example, by 2030 there will be over 200 cities with a population greater than 1 million, now if you compare that, there will only be 39 in Europe. As an example of how our technology could be deployed in China, if you were to lay Pavegen tiles in every urbanised centre, enough energy would be generated from just one day to power Beijing for one month.