Pavegen plans to power the world with footsteps


(upbeat music) – Pavegen is generated energy
from people’s footsteps every time people walk,
our technology captures their kinetic energy and
turns it into electricity. The more people walk, the
more power we can create. We’ve got operations in about
nine countries at the moment, we’ve installed about 200
sites around the world so that goes as far as in Korea we’re powering Kia motor factories, we’re also in Nigeria
powering soccer pitches, Rio de Janeiro we’ve been working on a number of public
infrastructure projects there, and recently the U.S.
has been huge for us. We’ve got a great saturation globally, and now it’s about focusing on those, the core verticals that
are gonna give us growth. – It’s not just about power is it? You’ve got a whole thinking
about how it generates power, data and engagement as well. – Yes I think the energy
space is really tough, and we know that so we
have an energy source it’s off grid power so for example, one footstep will give you
about 20 seconds of light on a LED fitment. But what it does as well
is with producing data, so for retailers, it’s heat mapping, it’s knowing where people are for municipalities and transport sites. But we’ve also got a way to connect it to your mobile devices so I actually know who you are,
when I walk into your space and we’ve got a reward mechanic based on how many steps you make so if you make 50 steps,
well that should give you a financial equivalent for the steps you’re making in that environment. – [Mike] Is it limited to
just people walking on this or could you pave a road
for cars to drive over? – Yeah so right now
we’re focused on within Heathrow Airport, in busy transport sites, in Tube stations, it’s about
to go on Oxford street, and that’s the easy stuff. Now the big is roads, when
a truck locks its brakes up, at 50 miles per hour, there’s enough force to rip the tarmac off the road, and trying to innovate, and be a start-up in that space we know is hard. So that’s for us down the line. So as being an ingredient brand, there’s no reason why
we can’t use the energy from people sitting on office chairs, to in vehicles, to in the sole of a shoe, and even in a building moving in the wind. There’s no reason why
we can’t take our core IP and take it into those spaces. And that’s our plan, to exploit that over the next 12, 24 to 36 months. No-ones really ever commercialized a floor like this before, not in this way. It’s an old idea, but we’re
really at the forefront of where that “become new” area lies. (upbeat music)

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80 thoughts on “Pavegen plans to power the world with footsteps

  1. that energy doesn't come from nothing. it's more exhausting walking on their piles than walking on normal ones. paving highways with that is utter BS. the cars running over it will use more fuel. it's unsafe and highly inefficient.

  2. That's a brilliant idea. this should be installed especially in those city where they can't afford to have a light everyday. and soon or later you may end uo to see this in the shops/ station/ public places … well done.

  3. This technologies must be adopted on highways.. So that all vehicle's can move by their own energy… If not possible for big vehicle's small cars can go with completely in green energy.

  4. while it seems a little more functional than the solar roadways debacle, the construction cost and maintenance expense cannot be realistic as anything more than a gimic. Until we find a way to store electricity efficiently, I see little practical purpose in this design.

  5. The positivity among the Techcrunch viewers seems to indicate that the majority of visitors here has a lack of engineering skills.

  6. Good Heavens. 50 steps will generate about 250 joules, or 0.07 watt hours or 0.00007 kilowatt hours, worth, in my home town, about 8 ten thousandths of a penny. Give me my financial reward! To call that bullshit is an insult to bullshit.

  7. I'm gonna bet the energy generated is 'stolen' from the people walking over it, though. It will literally cost you more effort to walk over these tiles than on regular old fixed tiles. Arguably we modern humans do not use our muscles enough and we suffer the health consequences, so perhaps that's okay? However…. then the next issue; how much energy does one of these modules take to be produced, and how long would one have to be laying somewhere in order to break even with that production cost?

  8. Takes more energy to walk on, so I'd have to eat more cheeseburgers, so more beef needs to be produced, so more cattle need to be raised, so more green house gasses. This floor is a planet killer.

  9. Many have said it takes more energy to walk on these tiles than on regular pavements. Could be a problem for the elderly. But then again maybe if we all become fitter and stronger as a result those extra calories we will consume as a result will be converted into electricity. Would be good to put it in our shoes when running, Burn extra calories to charge mp3 and mobiles.

  10. so if the floor gets pushed down by people weigth .. they have to kinda climb a small distance with their next step up to the not pushed street wich results in the floor stealing energy from the people thus it is easier to walk on normal streets. cuz u are just stealing energy from the people .. u are not generating it from the air … the concept is bad.. go and try it on people that want to dance.. and want to lose energy.. like in clubs or fitness areas. there u can generate energy from people and they can make contest who created more watts 🙂 make "body factories" where people go and have competition and fitness training to generate watts 🙂

  11. It would be really great for your tech to be adapted to fabricating and manufacturing buildings where the positioning and placement of pelleted materials and heavy items are shuffled around the plant floor during the workday. Your tech may be adapted to accommodate longer vertical travel of its mechanism (or by layering your exist tech in some fashion), to harvest energy from larger and heavier loads being placed on the surface and storing the energy or on-demand use of energy. Just the weight of one vehicle at rest when it is parked could utilize gravity to harvest energy during the compression of your tech as the front or rear or whole car lowers to the ground(or sinks slightly below ground surface, but still navigably easy to drive out of.

  12. I'm sorry I'm taking the liberty to intrude for something that's not directly related, this is the only way though to find something that can't find as easily as I thought one could : Are piezoelectric materials 'energized' by way of hydrostatic pressure (changes) of any liquid, off course, but mainly water. Thank you.

  13. Hi everybody! I'm an engineering student and i have a doubt: What happens if you stay on a tile for a long time? Is it possible that it get ruined?

  14. Why there are not much likes ?😢😢 This video deserves much more likes 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍🙏🙏plz hit a like on this video

  15. there are people who steals sidewalk stones. I don't think these things would see a week on streets. But malls and air ports is a great idea.

  16. I will like to have more information about this project in order to used in school in Latin America School to genere the energy that the need.

  17. I feel like people would take one step on that surface and then decide to walk around it because it feels wobbly (also it is more strenuous to walk on/takes more energy). Also, how much energy are we talking about? How many kilowatt-hours per 1000 steps let’s say?

  18. where they are looking during the interview?? so annoying 😀 like they are reading … otherwise amazing!!!

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  20. Make plates covered with alum strip cover to transfer more weight evenly across pads and stop them from ripping off… You can also design a longer shaft thats pinned to bottom so top cant come off… But strips at 35 40 mile an hr speeds optimal.. Plus rail road ties… You guys have the guts and many uses… Make current design bullet proff and using common materials so its not hard to mass produce…

  21. What are the con????? Let me tell you guys, projects like this had ended up by exploding under people's feet.
    Scary isn't it?

  22. Who filmed this? The staging of the subjects is so odd and the camera angles are uncanny. Did you film the interviewer on a green screen? WTF is going on??

  23. The amount of energy you put into making the steel and manufacturing. Accounting for wear and tear, you're going to spend more than what you've put in, in terms of environmental costs. For business costs, if you able to market it through engagement and media. Of course you'll be able to sell, but the issue is that this is not truely an environmentally friendly solution. Another thing, people walk on roads because they are stable and solid ground. But if its all wobbly around, then obviously its not going to work. Same for soccer pitch. The ball is not going to bounce straight. Another solution is that you could install in disco or dance floors where people are able to accept the unstable ground.

  24. LOVE This! A question though, if this were to be used on roadways, wouldn't the "inch or two" of downward forge every microsecond weat vehicles shocks a teeny bit, and potentially fuel economy? Has a whiff of "perpetual motion" methinks. With pedestrians, NP the cushioning would be nice, But vehicles?

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