• Agents of Change

    • At least a dozen English schools have adopted a system that creates energy using the force generated by their students’ steps.

    Schools transform their students’ footsteps into electricity / 

    As if this was taken from a fiction novel, all our movements could soon energize the devices that surround us, creating a system of never-ending energy where everything works based on everything else, as if this was a giant organism. This however, is not far from being a reality, and, as a matter of fact, something like it is already being used in England in the educational centers created by Pave Gen. This installation was invented by Laurence Kemball-Cook, and it has now been implemented in the Simon Langton Grammar School in England.

    PaveGen is a company that develops tiles with a system that can harness the force from pedestrian footsteps and generates electricity, especially, for the lighting installation of buildings. Each step provides from one to seven watts, which on average creates thirty seconds of light in an LED street lamp.

    At least a dozen schools in England have incorporated the PaveGen system into their infrastructure, and New York City is expected to adopt the sustainable model also. The company’s most ambitious goal thus far is to use the system to illuminate the busiest streets. A station in London’s underground already relies on these tiles to illuminate the space, and since it was created in 2009, this inventions has become increasingly popular, it has even used during sports events like the Paris marathon.

    This type of system evokes an already present futurism, and one that is evidently self-sustainable, which also alludes to the very nature of energy; infinite and constant: it is all around us, and we are part of it —more than we think. 

    Tagged: Pave Gen, environment, energy, Agents of Change