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Paris Marathon Runners Power The Race Course

Paris Marathon Runners Power The Race Course
Innovation

Over 40,000 runners generated electricity by stepping on Pavegen tiles covering 82 feet of the track.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 11 april 2013

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.

Paris Marathon

Images: Pavegen

 

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