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08 Feb 2011 09:02:35

Pavegen permanent installation in Kent

Students at a Canterbury school scored a world first last month when they switched the lights on by walking down a corridor. Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys is the first school to install award-winning Pavegen floor tiles.

Pavegen indoor and outdoor flooring – the brainchild of inventor Laurence Kemball-Cook – generates energy when it is walked on. Produced in the UK, it will be used on the Olympics site and will be built into the new Westfield Stratford City shopping centre. Opening in September 2011, environment is high on their agenda, and Pavegen is a key element in helping them to achieve their strict targets for environmental sustainability.

Pavegen is currently being showcased at the Science Museum in London, in the £4.5-million Atmosphere Gallery opened in December by the Prince of Wales, who expressed interest in the wide range of Pavegen applications.

The slabs turn the kinetic energy from footsteps into electricity, which can be used to power street lighting, information signage and other applications that can spring into life when people approach them.

"Our aim is not only to help the school reduce its bills but to get students engaged in the energy-generation process," says Pavegen Systems founder and chief executive Kemball-Cook. "Pavegen has been working closely with Simon Langton for over a year now. The school recognised the innovation and potential of our technology early on."

Kemball-Cook, 25, developed the technology at Loughborough University in 2009 while studying industrial design and technology. The product has won awards from bodies including the Technology Strategy Board, the Chartered Institute of Builders and Loughborough University. Science minister David Willetts recently described Pavegen as a "great example of British innovation". He commended the zero-carbon innovation as "imaginative, environmentally friendly, designed for the modern world."

Pavegen Systems is now seeking further installation sites that wish to harness this previously untapped resource.

Head of school at Simon Langton, Ken Moffat, said, "We are genuinely delighted to be working with Pavegen on a on a project which is at once ingenious and simple. We currently hold a county awarded green flag for our work on environmental issues and fully support this commitment to new energy sourcing."

Westfield Stratford City
At 1.9 million sq ft Westfield Stratford City will be the largest urban shopping centre in Europe and the prestigious gateway to London's Olympic Park. An innovative fusion of different brands, experiences and formats will grace the magnificent three-level mall and a beautifully designed lifestyle street. Art and culture will be integral to the experience; from the striking architecture of individual retail districts, to new retail concepts, cultural collaborations, events and installations that will enhance this next generation of retail space. Westfield Stratford City is set to transform London's retail landscape and provides the ultimate opportunity for the world's most stimulating and interesting brands.

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