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The Green Microgym, which just opened last week, is a 2,800-sq-ft neighbourhood gym that generates a significant portion of its own electricity through the sweat-producing efforts of its members. Fully equipped with name-brand cardio equipment, a full weight room and a room for yoga/stretching, movement and core training, The Green Microgym uses a combination of solar and pedal electricity for a chunk of its energy needs. Solar panels atop the site generate almost 3 kilowatts of electricity, while the gym's Team Dynamo and Spin Bikes—engineered by founder Adam Boesel to connect to wind-generator motors—can collectively generate up to 750 watts. In addition, the Green Microgym is working on ways to capture the excess energy from its elliptical trainers as well.
The Green Microgym also aims to use less resources than the average health club. Its SportsArt EcoPowr Treadmills, for example, use 30 percent less electricity than others, and the facility features EnergyStar-rated (and member-controlled) ceiling fans, compact fluorescent lights, lower-energy LCD TVs and double-flush toilets. It also avoids the need for large water heaters by not offering showers.
Now here's an idea I really like. It's so simple it makes you think "Why didn't I think of that?", although I don't much like the no-shower thing.
Just think about it, if every item that spun, rotated or moved could be modified in such a way to generate it's electricity and if all these items could be hooked up to battery cells to be stored, we could save tons of money for our homes and businesses.
This got my brain creaking with excitement at the many ways we could generate electricity :
- Mini turbines in our toilet flush and kitchen sinks - everytime you flushed or turned on the tap, the water would spin the turbine and produce a bit of power.
- Exercise wheels not only for our hamsters, but for our cats, dogs etc. Just let them let go running in the wheel and voila... electricity!
- Generators fitted to bicycles, motobike and car wheels.
This has even got me thinking about a product that could make lots of money. I'm off to do a bit of research to see if there's already a patent for it!