Pavegen – nominated by British designer Sebastian Conran for the 2011 Brit Insurance Designs of the Year – converts kinetic energy generated by people’s footsteps into electricity to power street lighting and information displays.
Designed by Laurence Kemball Cook and Philip Tucker, the smart product tackles issues of wasted energy. In a busy area, seven watts of electrical energy can be captured an hour.
About 5% of this harvested energy would be needed to illuminate an LED bulb, and the rest can be stored in a self-contained battery.
Further to its sustainable credentials, Pavegen is a durable rubber surface made from recycled car tyres.
To read more about people-powered energy systems, see Symbiotic Design.