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Flagship Pavegen Installation Confirmed for Canary Wharf District

Fri, 17 April 2015

Shell LiveWIRE winner Pavegen dominated the awards ceremony at Europe’s largest technology accelerator.
Situated in the heart of the Canary Wharf District, the awards ceremony for Level 39’s Cognicity Challenge took place at the second tallest building in Great Britain; One Canada Square. Pavegen are selected to implement their technology in the heart of Canary Wharf; well-renowned as the hub of innovation and sustainability in the UK.
CEO and Chairman of Canary Wharf Group, Sir George Iacobescu, said: “Pavegen is one of the greatest ideas, which needs to be implemented by more companies within the public space. I think it could shape the future of renewable energy generation, with an enormous scope on helping the Canary Wharf district achieve sustainability, through lighting, HVAC, and endless applications.”

Urban cities are growing by 1.1 million people per week; the equivalent of the City of Birmingham’s population. Pavegen provide a tangible form of energy for the smart cities of the future, having developed a flooring technology that converts the weight of a footstep into renewable electricity. With Canary Wharf receiving daily footfall of 100 thousand commuters, the public spaces within the district present a landmark opportunity for footfall data and renewable energy generation.
Having tested the technology in over 20 countries, from transport to retail sectors across the world, Pavegen were thrilled to showcase their product at the Cognicity Challenge. The chance to develop a pilot project further emphasises the capabilities of Pavegen in public spaces, where wind and solar alternatives are costly and inefficient in comparison. The installation will demonstrate a future where communities are placed at the heart of their renewable energy generation, providing power when and where it is needed.
Pavegen CEO Laurence Kemball-Cook presented to an audience of over 200 people, including VCs, VIPs from the Canary Wharf Group and across the smart city sector, local government, academia and the media. Pavegen exhibited with an installation, enabling attendees to control the music at the event with their footsteps.
Pavegen received an honourable mention and Kemball-Cook accepted the award, stating: “we are thrilled with the opportunity to pilot our technology, networking with equally innovative and like-minded solutions that aim to improve standards of living for future generations to come.”

Programme Leader, Celia Bell, said: “Smart cities of the future come to life with Pavegen and their disruptive outlook embodies what the Cognicity Challenge is about.”  

Cognicity Challenge is a pioneering project set up by Canary Wharf Group, aiming to accelerate the growth of small and medium sized start-ups through mentoring from experienced business leaders. The accelerator programme had a prize award of £50,000 and an opportunity to pilot innovative technology within one of the world’s greatest capital cities.

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