We are delighted to partner with Pavegen, the award-winning UK clean-tech company, to host their energy harvesting walkway in Finsbury Avenue Square from Tuesday 28 May to raise money for Providence Row.
Pavegen's innovative walkway collates data from each footstep across it, converting the movements into electrical energy. We've set ourselves a target of 30,000 footsteps across the walkway between 28 and 31 May. If this is reached, Pavegen and Broadgate will donate the value of the energy produced to Providence Row, a local homelessness charity. The charity focuses on helping people get off, and stay off, the streets by providing advice, recovery and crucially varied learning and training opportunities. Funds raised from the Pavegen project will go towards the support services and unique training programmes they offer such as gardening or catering training schemes.
The collaboration highlights Broadgate's dedication to platforming innovative, ground-breaking technology projects to inspire and challenge those who work and visit the neighbourhood. David Lockyer, Head of Broadgate comments.
“A key part of our vision at Broadgate is to champion innovation which is why we are so delighted to give Pavegen the opportunity to showcase their flooring system in the heart of our neighbourhood.”
On 28 May, Pavegen will also launch a funding round on Crowdcube. The company is looking to raise £950k to help reduce the manufacturing cost of its award-winning technology and to grow its sales and marketing teams.
Laurence Kemball-Cook, founder and CEO, Pavegen says, “We believe in smarter cities that place people’s health and wellbeing at the heart of design. This installation with Broadgate is an elegant way for people to help the most vulnerable and play their part in making London a better place for all.”
Try to take a different route home, pop down on your lunch break or simply stretch your legs through the working day to make sure you meet the team, discover more about Pavegen, and of course, donate your footsteps to helping the local homeless community.
More about Pavegen
Pavegen tech converts footfall into off-grid power and data. We supply both permanent installations and experiential activations and can power off-grid applications such as lighting, data capture and transmission, and environmental monitoring. Each footstep on a Pavegen walkway generates 2 to 4 joules of off-grid electrical energy or up to 7 watts of power for the duration of a footstep. Bluetooth beacons in the system connect to smartphones, rewarding
users for their steps and generating permission-based analytics. The tech can operate as a standalone or be embedded simply into existing web platforms. Recent Pavegen installations include smart city developments, retail destinations, sports stadia and education institutions in Hong Kong, India, Korea, Thailand, UAE, UK and USA.
More about Providence Row
Providence Row is a homelessness charity tackling the root causes of homelessness to help people get off, and stay off, the streets. Working with people to build skills and confidence is the key to success. They do this through their trainee schemes, language classes and employment support. The support they provide for mental health and addiction issues helps people to re-join the community. They also help people to return to their home communities and families, in the UK and abroad.