Sometimes to find truly great ideas you need to not just think outside the box, but to throw the box away and start again. Such was the approach of industrial designer and tech innovator Laurence Kemball-Cook, who was determined to find a totally new creative solution to the growing global issue of climate change.
Eager to find a complementary alternative to wind and solar energy, he struck upon a novel approach during his daily commute to Loughborough University, where he was completing an Industrial Design and Technology degree.
“I would pass through Victoria Station, which processes 75 million people a year, and began to think seriously about the potential to harvest some of the kinetic energy of people walking,” he says. “Inspired by my own research into renewables and city infrastructure, I had the inspiration to harness energy from city inhabitants, via their footsteps.”