A group of 20 Pavegen slabs will be installed in the center of a giant shopping mall in east London that has recently opened next to the stadium that will host next year's Olympic Games.
As the tens of thousands of people pass through on their way to or from the stadium each day, they will be helping light the mall with every step they take. Another part of the payoff will be helping the owners meet their tough sustainability targets.
Kemball-Cook has his sights set on bigger projects. "We are looking at transport hubs like airports and train stations, shopping malls. The average person walks 1.8 kilometers [1.1 miles] per airport journey. We have tested slabs thoroughly, and they are tough. We have machines that hammer them up to the equivalent of the high millions of footsteps," he said.
"Our system can be installed in so many different places. There is no one niche area for it," he explained.
Then there is the walkers' involvement with the product. "People are fascinated by it. They want to interact with it." he said. That became obvious with original slabs, which have a small LED lamp in the middle that can be turned on with a footprint. There are other types that simply generate electricity for external use.
"When the Pavegen team took a set of slabs to a music festival in September, they recorded 250,000 footsteps in just three days as people danced on them to make their own disco lighting," the inventor explained. "In fact, we couldn't get them off. We would say, 'Please, we want to go home now,' but they would reply, 'No, we want to keep in dancing,'" he said.
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