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Look down, that sidewalk you're strolling on may be generating electricity

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Look down, that sidewalk you're strolling on may be generating electricity

WATCH | Sustainable energy companies have recently been on the forefront of major innovation. But Pavegen, a British tech company, is utilizing an incredibly simple human activity to generate renewable energy. The results are marvelous.  

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Pavegen was founded in 2009 by Laurence-Kemball Cook. Their triangular shaped-tiles make certain that footsteps are not "wasted" when placed on them, utilizing each facet or force-point of the footstep.  


But how does all this fancy technology work? According to Pavegen's website, the process seems straightforward. 

"As people step on the tiles, their weight causes electric-magnetic induction generators to vertically displace, which results in a rotatory motion that generates off-grid electricity. Additionally, each tile is equipped with a wireless API that transmits real-time movement data analytics, whilst directly producing power when and where it is needed."

Now the first of public sidewalk of its kind in the US is open in Washington, DC. 

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The installation in Dupont Circle marks one of Pavegen's biggest to date. The area is equipped with "Pavegen walkways" that generate light to nearby benches. Here's a diagram. 

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Along with Washington, DC, Pavegen tiles are installed in cities like London, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Melbourne and Lagos, where Pavegen and gas company Shell created a football field installed with Pavegen tiles to power an entire community. 

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