Every step counts at the Paris Marathon
176 Pavegen energy-harvesting tiles were installed near the departure point of the 2013 Paris Marathon, spanning the famous Champs-Élysées
Pavegen's tiles are designed to the convert the kinetic energy of footfall into electricity, that can be stored in a battery or used to power street lighting, information kiosks, and communications technology
While the term "electrifying" can sometimes be used to describe breathtaking performance in sports, it's not often you'll find it used for marathon runners. Yet, that's precisely the word I'd use to describe this year's Paris Marathon, which took place on Sunday April 7. You see, as the feet of almost 40,000 runners hit a 25-meter (82-foot) installation of special tiles at the beginning of the 26-mile (42-km) course, kinetic energy was harvested and turned into usable electricity.
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