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PostPosted: 11 Nov 2008, 14:43 
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Virtuous cycles

LONDON, England (CNN) -- New technology devised by a Connecticut firm, The Green Revolution Inc is turning sessions at the gym into clean renewable electricity.

It's a workout that hopes to work out some of our energy problems and offers a glimpse of what could be achieved if we all do our bit for the environment.

The first devices were recently installed on seventeen bicycles at the Ridgefield Fitness Club in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

The energy generated is fed straight into the club's electricity control cabinet where a grid-tie inverter pumps energy back on to the grid.

The new venture is the brainchild of founder and CEO of Green Revolution, Jay Whelan.

It was during recovery from a shoulder injury that Whelan -- a former Partner at management consultants, Accenture -- first had the idea to create a machine than could harness human power.

"I realized that there has got to be a way to take the energy that I was expending trying to rehabilitate my shoulder to create something useable," Whelan told CNN.

Enlisting the help of an engineer, Whelan has spent the past 18 months perfecting the machine and has created a highly adaptable device which snaps on around the wheel of the bicycle.

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 Post subject: Re: Virtuous cycles
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Wonder if it would even be enough to power the lights for the gym. Dynamo-driven lights for bicycles have been common for a long time, I think.


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We have a dynamo bik att he history museum here. Shows how much you can power.

I occasionally can do a blender.

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 Post subject: Re: Virtuous cycles
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Hah! I really like that idea. Exercise and energy.

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 Post subject: Re: Virtuous cycles
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Don't give Hex ideas for the house bus!


There's already a guy on the skoolie board who's doing that for a pump to pressurize his water system ... :laughing1:

Me, I'd rather put on a nice single-stroke steam boiler as a generator for when there isn't enough sun for the solar panels ... :zap:

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