kinetic power

kinetic power

Human energy is commonly used to propel bicycles and power hand-cranked tools, but it can also be used to generate electrical energy. In places without power grids, kinetic energy is used to pump water and charge batteries.


Kinetic energy can also be captured in other imaginative ways. For example, sidewalks in Japan contain piezoelectric crystals that generate current when they are stepped on by pedestrians. Researchers at Simon Fraser University have created backpacks that harvest the energy from your legs as you walk.

To think of ways to use kinetic energy, we can ask three questions:
•    Where are people moving?
•    How can we capture their energy?
•    What’s nearby to use the energy?

Surely the treadmills and stairclimbers people use in a gym could be used to power other parts of the same facility, right?

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