One of the finalists in Level39’s Cognicity Challenge is on show in Reuters Plaza.
Pavegen - which creates flooring that harnesses the kinetic energy of footsteps - is showing off its technology in the square with pads that people can step on to light up lamps alongside.
At the Level39 awards earlier this year, CEO and chairman of Canary Wharf Group, Sir George Iacobescu, said: “I think (Pavegen) could shape the future of renewable energy generation, with an enormous scope on helping the Canary Wharf district achieve sustainability, through lighting, HVAC [heating, ventilating and air conditioning], and endless applications.”
Canary Wharf receives a daily footfall of 100,000 commuters, meaning the public spaces within the district present a landmark opportunity for footfall data and renewable energy generation.
The Cognicity Challenge is a pioneering project set up by Canary Wharf Group, aiming to accelerate the growth of small and medium sized tech start-ups through mentoring from experienced business leaders.
The technology - which creates on average three joules per step depending on the weight of the step and the placement of the foot on the tile - is even backed by Stephen Hawking, who said: “This technology has the potential to radically change the way we source power in the future.”
Mr Kemball-Cook said: “With the support of Canary Wharf Group, we hope to become the ‘Intel inside’ for energy harvesting, with Pavegen technology on scale across all high-footfall locations around the world.”
The technology appeared in Canary Wharf on Tuesday, May 26.
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