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New SUB atrium features : Pavegen energy-generating steps Sultan, Moiz; Liu, Dedra; Ammad, Ali


The objective of this report is to discuss the social, environmental and economic benefits of implementing the Pavegen in the new Student Union Building. The proposed Pavegen will convert human walking into energy, which will sequentially light up the floor. To fulfill the objectives two key analysis were conducted. The first one counts the traffic around the proposed Pavegen location to calculate the amount of energy generated and complete preliminary economics. The second is a survey which gathers student input on the Pavegen idea. This survey is used to help understand the social benefits and losses. To analyze the environmental aspect, the materials used in the Pavegen are analyzed. Also, the amount of CO₂ not being released into the atmosphere is calculated. These indicators allow for a full cycle analysis on the Pavegen project. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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