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The Siva Cycle Atom captures kinetic energy, to power your gadgets during or after your bike ride

May 14th, 2013

Bicyclists, a pair of inventors in San Francisco are on the verge of making your life easier. The Siva Cycle Atom will capture kinetic energy from your ride and store it in a battery pack that you can use to charge your phone, tablet or other electronic device, via USB. Neat huh?

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Furman University to tap alternative ‘elliptical’ power

February 12th, 2010

By Ashley Phillips
Green Right Now

South Carolina’s Furman University, one of the schools that has signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, will be using a new form of renewable energy to improve its carbon profile: Student power.

Along with other schools such as the University of Kansas and the University of Florida, Furman is going to tap the energy of exercising students (and faculty) and turn it into electricity.

Fifteen Precor elliptical exercise machines will be installed at the university’s Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center (PAC). The energy generated by the machines will then be put back into the campus power grid. Thirty minutes on the elliptical will power a light bulb for two to three hours or a desktop computer for half an hour.

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Dancing toward green power

October 31st, 2008

By John DeFore

Dancing the night away is great exercise, but for some lucky clubbers in Rotterdam, it’s also a way (albeit a small way) to contribute to the world’s supply of renewable electricity.

A recent article in the New York Times highlights a disco in that Dutch city whose 270 square-foot dance floor harvests energy from dancers’ movement and uses it to help run the light show.

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