In 2009 Laurence Kemball-Cook launched Pavegen, a company that produces clean energy technology in the form of a tile. Pavegen tiles harvest kinetic energy each time it is stepped on, converting this energy into electricity and subsequently powering low-voltage local appliances such as lighting, music systems, wireless systems and wayfinding lighting. At this year’s SuperyachtDESIGN Week Kemball-Cook, a previous TED speaker, will outline how this technology is applicable to the superyacht market.

Since Pavegen’s conception, the technology has been featured in schools in the UK and US, West Ham tube station for the London 2012 Olympics, and it has been applied to a self-sustaining football pitch in Rio de Janerio so children in the area can enjoy sport safely after dark.

“The greater the football, the larger the number of tiles, the more Pavegen can power,” says Pavegen's PR team. On board superyachts this technology can be applied to dance floors, gangways, decks and any other surface subject to footfall.

More than simply providing clean energy, Pavegen also introduces an element of smart technology to the power consumption game and does so from nearly 100 per cent recycled materials. Pavegen tiles can collect and communicate real-time footfall data for analytics, connect wirelessly to devices, power applications directly or store energy for future usage; they are also water proof, weather resistant and extremely durable.

Using the intelligent application of smart, clean technology, not only can the current supplies of on board energy be supplemented or replaced, superyachts can become truly smart. Implementing live data capture will allow superyacht owners and crew to apply the systems to emergency and security situations. Data capture enables crew to track footfall in emergencies showing the location of missing persons and pirates, whether this be from the relative safety of a panic room or from a control room during a fire. This technology has the ability to save lives as well as energy.

On day two of SuperyachtDESIGN Week , 24 June 2015, Kemball-Cook will give a keynote presentation to the superyacht design community entitled, “Paving the Way to a Greener Future”. In this presentation the entrepreneur will outline the future of green technology and how his kinetic solutions can directly affect the superyacht industry.

Held from 23-25 June 2015, this event is a must-attend for the superyacht industry. To learn more and view the programme in full click here. The green agenda will be central to this year's SuperyachtDESIGN Week with topics ranging from biomimicry to sustainable design and development, all reflected in 2015’s theme of ‘Living Architecture’.

If you have enjoyed reading this article, you’ll love our upcoming event, The Superyacht Design Forum, taking place on 25 - 26 June 2019 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. The Superyacht Design Forum provides anyone in the superyacht design world with a unique opportunity to explore new thinking and share smarter solutions for the future of superyachts. To find out more or to register, click here.