In today’s era, energy demands are exponentially high and energy resources are depleting rapidly. It’s time to come up with some innovative and brilliant ideas to generate environment friendly and low cost energy without utilizing the already becoming extinct energy resources. The following list is a compilation of some excellent ways to generate power. The ways follow the law of conservation of energy.
11. By Playing Golf or Cricket
Play Golf to Charge Your iphone A golf, cricket, tennis or baseball player uses a lot of his or her energy in swinging the club, bat, racket or base back and forth. This kinetic energy generated by the player can be stored for later use. The stored energy can charge the cell phone, laptops and other gadgets later. The device is initially designed for golf players. It includes the hand grip only and not the actual club. This gadget is envisioned and designed by Mac Funamizu.
10. Car Washing
Source The innovative device designed by Vandenbussche, POWA Water Generator, is just a small turbine that is placed in between the hosepipe used to wash to cars or water the lawn. As the water rushes through the pipe, the blades of the small turbine turn and generate electricity.This company envisioned the system to charge the batteries of the electric cars but this electricity can be used for other purposes also.
Cycling to Generate Electricity The Crown Plaza Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark, came forward with an exciting and innovative way to generate power. The system includes the guests staying at the hotel and cycles. They offer a free meal to any guest who produces electricity for the hotel on an exercise bike attached to a generator. Guests will have to produce at least 10 watt hours of electricity which is around 15 minutes of cycling to get a meal vouchers worth $36 (26 euros). This system gives health benefits as a by product to the generated electricity. The energy produced can generate energy to run a laptop for approximately 30 minutes. The idea is easy to implement and can be implemented by anyone on an individual’s level.
8. Exhaust of a Vehicle
Exhaust of a Car The unconsumed fuel of the vehicle comes out from the exhaust in the form of heat. This heat can be harnessed to generate electricity. Thermoelectric generators convert heat into electrical energy by making use of a temperature gradient. The greater the temperature difference, the more current can be produced. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM are working on a project to capture and utilize the residual heat in automobiles. “The temperatures in the exhaust pipe can reach 700 degrees Celsius or more,” says Dr. Harald Böttner, head of the Thermoelectric Systems department. “The temperature difference between the exhaust pipe and a pipe carrying engine cooling fluid can thus be several hundred degrees Celsius.” This temperature difference is used to generate current. This electricity can cover a fairly good proportion of car’s power requirements.
7. Solar Panels on Rooftop and in Backyard
Solar Panels on Rooftop An interesting way to generate electricity is by covering the roof of the house with a layer of solar panels. These panels serve dual purpose as they in addition to generating electricity provide insulation and lower the temperature of the house. The panels can also be placed in the backyard.
6. Dancing on Floor of a Club
Club Dancing Till date we had been of the view that clubs are the maximum consumers of electricity as the music and the lighting systems consume a lot of power on daily basis. Now the clubs are an excellent place to generate power too. The idea was implemented by a club, Bar Surya, in London, that re-outfitted its floor with springs. The springs when compressed by dancers, produce electrical current. This current is stored in batteries and consumed to run the devices in the club. According to the club’s owner, Andrew Charalambous, the dance floor can now power 60 percent of the club’s energy needs.