March 10, 2008

Energy- Human Powered

Human-Powered Gym

California Fitness, Hong Kong
"powered by YOU" program

This is the collaboration between French inventor Lucien Gambarota and entrepreneur Doug Woodring, bringing clean, sustainable energy to the gym using good old-fashioned manpower. The two have joined forces with Hong Kong’s California Fitness, a subsidiary of 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, to launch a revolutionary concept in which energy burned off by exercisers is diverted and converted to power lighting fixtures, while excess energy is stored in a battery. The gym’s 13 step, cycling and cross-training machines in the “Powered by YOU” program. “Powered by YOU” program enables users to improve their health and the environment—one step at a time.

-One person has the ability of producing 50 watts of electricity per hour when exercising at a moderate pace

-If a person spends one hour per day running on the machine, he/she could generate 18.2 kilowatts of electricity and prevent 4,380 liters of CO2 released per year.

Total Body Turnaround- A Green Micro Gym
Seattle, Washinton

A human-powered energy-generating gym like Hong Kong’s is now taking shape in Seattle, turning human sweat into usable electric energy. By connecting spinning bikes to wind-generator motors, clients at Adam Boesel’s green microgym can generate enough electricity to power the gym’s music system or run their own personal DVD player.

-This is a much smaller example of it being used in the US, however its not large enough make any significant impact.

Human Powered Night Club

The Sustainable Dance Club
Nighttown, Rotterdam

The Sustainable Dance Club, a project which converts the dancing human power into kilowatts to power the club’s basic utilities. The brainchild of environmental organization Enviu and Dutch architectural firm Döll, the Sustainable Dance Club project launched with a party called The Critical Mass last October in Rotterdam. So next time you’re out dancing with friends, don’t forget that all that booty shaking could be providing power for the club’s lights, speakers, and more.

-Under the floor panels of the night club there are crystals, minor physical deformations in the crystals can generate a lot of current, this is called piezoelectricity
-The Crystals are linked together in a grid forming a generator which powers the club's lights, music, and other electricity.

Sustainable furniture, rain water will be used for toilettes, are among other projects. The project is still being worked on, however the spec sheets havent been translated into English. More info soon.

Video on how it works:

Fluxxlab Revolution Revolving Door

The designers at New York City based Fluxxlab studio have come up with an ingenious sustainable energy harvesting idea that makes you wonder why no one else has thought of it before. Their Revolution Door manages to capture otherwise wasted human energy from the revolving doors we all see at various large buildings. If you think about it, this concept is quite similar to a turbine spinning somewhere deep inside a hydroelectric dam or within wind turbine to generate renewable electricity.

The Revolution Door technology can be used with any new or existing revolving doors. At its core, it contains three parts – a redesigned central core replacing that of any existing or new revolving door, a mechanical/electrical system that harnesses human energy and redistributes electricity to an output, and an output device that maps the harnessed energy. The revolving doors in large office buildings are always in use at any given moment during the day and by capturing that kinetic energy this project can provide free electricity to the installation site.
Revolving Door Energy

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