Global head calls on Australia to ban large power stations

PaveGen
Pavegen installed 14 tiles outside St Omer, a busy train station in Northern France. These tiles powered LED lighting beneath two benches and enabled commuters to power their electrical devices through USB ports situated within the seating areas

One of the world’s leaders in clean technology, sustainability and innovation has advocated this country immediately introduce a system of decentralised power grids and save billions of dollars.

Laurence Kemball-Cook, founder and chief executive officer of PaveGen – a technology company that has developed paving slabs to convert energy from people’s footsteps into electrical power – said it makes no sense for massive power stations to be located long distances from where the energy is consumed.

Acknowledging large installations as “clunky”, “unwieldy”, “left over from a bygone generation” and “past their use-by date”, Mr Kemball-Cook said now is the time to build small generation.

“Community-based power stations that can be fully integrated into the smart grid of the future… that, in turn, will lead to less wastage, significant cost savings, reduced carbon emissions and less dependence upon fossil fuels,” he said.

Mr Kemball-Cook said any and all new buildings can and should be used as power generation stations because they have the built-in technology to create power.

He believes local energy networks will proliferate in the near future, distributing the heat and power from community scale plants – about one hundredth the size of existing power stations.

Mr Kemball-Cook, who started the clean tech company in 2009 after patenting the flooring technology, will be discussing his views on decentralised power grids at All-Energy Australia 2014.