Westfield Stratford City Mall, Europe’s largest shopping centre, is installing specialist tiles in an outdoor walkway that are designed to collect the kinetic energy created by the estimated 40 million people who use the walkway each year. They hope to generate several hundred kilowatt-hours of power – enough to power half the lighting needs of this mammoth shopping mall.
The tiles are manufactured by Pavegen Systems, a London startup launched in 2009 by Laurence Kemball-Cook, a 26-year-old Londoner who developed his idea while studying industrial design and technology at Loughborough University. The 45cm by 60cm tiles are designed to be used wherever pedestrians congregate en masse such as train stations, subway, and bus stations, airports, schools & shopping centres. The power harnessed can be used to operate a range of low-power applications – lighting, signs, digital ads, and Wi-Fi zones. This is a great flooring ideas and one we’d like to see rolled out in the years to come.
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