The New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman once asked, “Do you know what my favorite renewable fuel is? An ecosystem for innovation.” If you pose the same question to Pavegen founder and CEO Laurence Kemball-Cook, his answer would most likely be: foot traffic. That’s because Kemball-Cook, who is passionate about climate change, believes “technology alone won’t make cities perform more efficiently. It’s about changing behaviors.” To that end, he spent time developing renewable energy solutions in built-up urban environments and ultimately landed on the idea of capturing ambient energy from people and footfall. After testing a series of prototypes, Kemball-Cook jumped in feet first and launched Pavegen, a company that harvests energy and data from foot traffic. Building a complex technological product that operates reliably in all physical conditions isn’t easy, however. City streets are constantly undergoing challenges, from extreme temperature variations to a wide range of forces and impacts, Kemball-Cook explained. “Engineering this versatility into our system has been a big challenge, and it has been a highly iterative process to get to where our design is today,” he said.
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These products will keep your next project from being an energy guzzler. Eddy Urban Green Energy At just six feet in height, the Eddy wind turbine features a dual axis design that evenly distributes horizontal and vertical forces along the length of the axis for durability. In moderate wind speeds, it produces approximately 750 kWh of solar-ready power. In addition to IEC-certification for Wind Turbine Safety, Noise Levels, and Power Performance, Eddy is also ISO and UL certified. RecoupAerator 2000DX UltimateAir This commercial-grade energy recovery ventilator (above) features a proprietary wheel design made up of hydroscopic and non-hydroscopic materials in a random fiber matrix media for increased surface area, resulting in finer filtration. With an airflow capacity of up to 2,000 CFM, its comparison between two air stream temperatures (apparent sensible effectiveness) has been rated at 96 percent. It is also MERV 12 compliant. WebCTRL Automated Logic This web-based building automation system integrates major electrical systems, mechanicals, backup generators, fire systems, and building elevators. The program can also generate work orders for building system maintenance, bills for tenant’s off-hours use, and real-time pricing structures. Energy use trend reports and thermographic floor plans also tie into effective conservation features, such as setpoint optimization, optimum start times, and short-term demand reduction. Parans Solar Lighting Wasco For interior spaces without access to natural light, there is the Parans Solar Lighting system. Solar receivers mounted on the exterior of a structure channel solar energy along thin, flexible fiber optic cables that can be wound through a building’s infrastructure. The light is expelled through specially designed luminaires that deliver all the illumination benefits of natural sunlight, without electricity. Quantum Total Light Management Lutron A single system and software umbrella regulates lighting controls, motorized window shades, digital ballasts, LED drivers, and sensors. An enhancement for solar adaptation—for abundant sunshine, cloudy weather, or shadowed windows—automatically adjusts shades to meet prevailing conditions. A monitoring system also sends email alerts in the instance of alarming events or triggers that can be addressed with an iPad application, available for download at the App Store. Solar PV Canopy System Duo-Gard A turn-key approach to photo-voltaic architectural canopies: Solar energy is harvested for charging and lighting energy, or configured for energy credits. A steel frame, fabricated in-house, features a three-coat polyurethane epoxy finish for durability. The continuous canopy can be specified in Charcoal Gray or Blue, and in a sloped or ridged style.