For the launch of the fourth annual EDF Pulse Awards, we interviewed previous winners in the Start-up Box.
The concept: the winners answered our questions about their vision for innovation and recorded some words of encouragement for future applicants in the video booth built by the fab lab Draft
Interview with Kawantech founder Yves Le Henaff, whose work was recognised at the 2016 EDF Pulse Awards.
Find out more about Kawantech
Yves Le Henaff founded the startup Kawantech. The company's first project, Kara, is a smart public lighting system that detects a presence from 35 metres, determines its mass and trajectory, and adapts the lighting based on these factors. The system is housed within the streetlight, which is capable of adjusting the lighting to the type of user (pedestrians, drivers, cyclists, etc.).
This smart technology helps reduce the energy used by public lighting by up to 70%. As Yves Le Henaff explains: 'We all have energy-saving lighting in our homes, we construct positive-energy buildings, we are phasing out petrol-based engines, we try to live in a healthier way... We should bring this transformation into the realm of city infrastructure'. The world's 300 million streetlights are ready for a change.
"I invented a new way to store energy" - André Gennesseaux, cofounder of Energiestro.
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