Researchers around the globe are experimenting to find new ways of generating power by utilizing renewable sources like solar, wind, ocean, and kinetic energy. Human-powered devices are the products of these innovative experiments for creating a more sustainable mode of electricity generation.
The twingoals of staying fit while being environmentally inclined and creating usable electricity are coupled together in human powered electricity generating devices. And this is not about the machines feeding off human power like in the Matrix, no really, trust me, meatbag.
Pedal-a-watt stationary bicycle generator
This power generator comes as a stationary stand to which you can attach your bicycle. The stand houses a generator that is powered by the movement of the back wheel of your bicycle. The energy that you create while cycling will be available for direct use or can be saved in a battery in the power pack for later.
Pedaling for two hours should be enough to generate 400-watts of electricity, which can power a 200-watt television of two hours. Depending on the rider’s physical strength an average rider will be able to produce 200 to 320 watts of power.
This energy generating rocking chair harnesses the kinetic energy of each swing to make it available for use via USB connection. Ryan Klinger, the designer of this innovative electricity generating chair has made this product completely out of recyclable material.
The hinges are connected to a kinetic energy based electricity generator and a lithium ion battery to store the created energy. The chair has low-energy LED lights to tell you how much power you have created and stored in your Empower rocking chair.
Human powered emergency cell phone charger
The King of Random created this handy human powered cell phone charger by using just a few household products. The basic structure of this charger is a cordless electric drill which when run in reverse and cranked by hand can be used to generate energy. The created power is stored in the battery and can be used to charge a connected device. The only materials used to create this emergency charger were a USB charging cable, electric drill, yarn, a salad fork, a scrap of 2×4”, aluminum foil and scotch tape.
Pedal Power’s Bicycle Desk
Andy Wekin and Steve Blood from Essex, New York have created a bike machine that can power everything you place on its desk. The designers believe that with the efficiency of 97% bicycle technology is a perfect way to reinvent electricity generation. The concept has been provided as an open source program for now and the completely detailed design will be available for manufacturers to use. The Bicycle Desk will generate power from the kinetic energy generated by your cycling and will use this electricity to charge your laptop and your cell phone from the ports on its desk.
Windstream’s Human Power Generator
This popular hand crank/foot crank Human Power Generator has found application in various research centers at Antarctica and a number of schools in North America, Europe, and the UK. It can charge between 3A to 5A of current to store in a 12V battery. The standard version of this generator comes with pedals but hand cranks can be purchased as an extra accessory.
The generator has a screen that displays the electricity generated, the endurance levels of the person pedaling and the battery storage status. This generator can be used to power smaller appliances and water pumps.
Nuru Energy’s POWER Cycle
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This human powered electricity generating cycle is being used by many poor households in Africa. This commercially available electricity generator can power up to five modular LEDs as well as mobile phones and radios with just 20 minutes of cycling. This generator is a great way to power numerous rural houses in Africa without the harmful effects of burning fossil fuels.
Scientists around the globe are looking for alternative methods of creating electricity that is more sustainable than burning a large hole in the non-renewable chest. Human-powered machines are the face of a new technology that draws the kinetic energy from human movements to generate electricity and power appliances.