Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Unique Ways to Harness Kinetic Energy

Many of us know the traditional ways of generating renewable energy through wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, biomass, and even ocean - but what about the non-traditional methods that are available? In a creative world there are countless ways to generate and harness energy, even through human movement!


Eco-friendly nightclubs are slowly becoming a trend all over the world.  For example, Temple Nightclub in San Francisco generates energy through the floor which compresses by 10 millimetres when stepped on and produces roughly 35 watts per module.


An increasing number of fitness centers are incorporating equipment that store energy produced through exercise. Exercise is a great way to create kinetic energy and is very convenient since it is such a common daily activity that many people engage in. The Green Microgym in Portland Oregon “generates as much as 40 percent of its own electricity from solar panels and exercise machines like stationary bikes”.

With golf being one of the most popular sports on Earth, it's not surprising that inventors are looking for ways to "go green" on the green. Mac Funamizu has designed a device that allows you to practice your golf swing and also charge your smart phone by harnessing the kinetic energy of the swing!


Walking is perhaps one of the simplest and easiest ways to generate energy and the nPower Peg helps to capture and use this energy.  The device has two sliders which move side to side as you walk which causes the spring to generate kinetic energy which can be used to power your electronic devices.