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Schneider Electric teams up with Pavegen to harvest energy from runners at Paris Marathon

April 5, 2013
Schneider Electric the main sponsor for the upcoming Paris Marathon, is working with Pavegen, a manufacturer of tiles that harvest kinetic energy from the footsteps of people walking or running across them.
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rom Bloomberg comes a report of one of the more innovative energy-producing ideas I have heard in quite some time. Schneider Electric the main sponsor for the upcoming Paris Marathon, is working with Pavegen, a manufacturer of tiles that harvest kinetic energy from the footsteps of people walking -- or running -- across them. Schneider is betting that the 40,000 runners expected to run the 26.2-mile race on April 7 will produce a fair amount of juice, and according to this Bloomberg article will donate approximately $12,850 to charity if runners produce 7kW of electricity. This image from Pavegen shows an installation at a London subway station.