Over 40,000 runners generated electricity by stepping on Pavegen tiles covering 82 feet of the track.
The phrase “powering through a marathon” took on a new meaning during this year’s Paris Marathon when over 40,000 runners helped power the electric displays and signs around the course by stepping on energy-harvesting tiles. The race was sponsored by Schneider Energy and about 82 feet of the course was laid out with the tiles. The energy-harvesting tiles by Pavegen Systems collected energy from the runners and transformed the energy into kinetic energy that was collected in a storage battery. The energy generated during the marathon was used to light up the signs and displays all around the course.
Each runner’s step yielded about 8 watts of energy and a total of 7 kilowatt hours of electricity was collected during the entire race.
Schneider Energy used the Pavegen energy-harvesting tiles to help raise awareness of the different possible uses of kinetic energy. These energy-harvesting tiles have already been used in other events and in places such as a shopping mall, a subway station, schools, and stadiums.