He founded Pavegen in his bedroom in 2009 with just £200 and a steadfast belief that every community in the world should have access to energy. He has since developed a tile that generates renewable electricity from footsteps, as well as collects data to curate information about how people move in cities.
“We want to inspire future generations of scientists and engineers to diversify the renewable energy mix of the future, through education on clean energy harvesting”, he says.
Pavegen created a brand new market, smart digital flooring, with a triangular tile design that means no matter where you step you will always activate three or more generators.
The company’s recently-announced partnership with Silicon Valley-based Tribal Planet will take the energy technology even further, creating a digital currency that can convert every step into loyalty rewards or donations to charitable causes.
Laurence and Pavegen have helped illuminate an entire community in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and power a technology classroom in a school in Johannesburg, South Africa.
He says that wider trends and issues need to urge businesses into action, “The energy crisis is looming and businesses should be conscious of ways to improve sustainability and reduce their carbon footprint,” he believes.
“The possibilities are endless and can change the lives of so many in communities… To make a real difference all businesses need to take part.”