5 Techs Harvesting Energy from Tiny Motions

Posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 by

The low-power energy harvesting idea has teased us for years. Engineers and materials scientists looking at bustling city sidewalks, packed gyms and well-traveled bridges saw potential for all that movement to be converted into useful electricity. So where is all the tech? Self-powered environmental sensors are still undergoing testing. Energy-harvesting tiles remain a novelty. […]

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Kinetic energy-harvesting shoes a step towards charging mobile devices on the go

Posted on Friday, March 11th, 2016 by

Through energy harvesting tiles, backpacks and insoles, there has been much talk about harnessing our kinetic energy to power mobile devices and other electronics. A team of researchers is claiming to have made a big breakthrough in the collective effort to turn human motion into usable energy, developing a new method of producing useful amounts […]

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Soccer field lights powered by kids’ pounding feet

Posted on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by

A new project helps give kids a safe place to play soccer in a Rio de Janeiro favela by using kinetic-energy harvesting tiles to produce electricity for keeping the lights on. Pavegen, a company who has experience capturing the power of human feet from installing tiles […]

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Flushing Toilets May Help Power Homes in South Korea

Posted on Monday, April 21st, 2014 by

Scientists in South Korea have come up with a way to use the mechanical energy of flowing water as a sustainable energy source. The research shows how the energy potential of flushing toilets can be utilized to help power people’s homes. According to the researchers’ experiments, the movement of […]

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Mobile device charger that generates renewable energy from movements

Posted on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 by

The nPower PEG is the world’s first mobile device charger that generates renewable energy from movements like walking, running, and biking. Keep the PEG in your briefcase, backpack, or purse and go about your daily activities. As you move, the PEG continually recharges its internal battery with your kinetic energy. The PEG can also be […]

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Jump rope charges devices with kinetic energy

Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 by

The PULSE jump rope from Uncharted Play, which is currently in a limited beta release of 100 of the devices, uses the spinning rope to generate an electrical charge in the handle. This power is then stored for later use, in order to charge lights, cell phones, or other small devices. “The PULSE harnesses kinetic […]

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Personal Energy Generator

Posted on Friday, December 13th, 2013 by

This charger harvests kinetic energy to generate electricity, and is perfect for outdoors enthusiasts who don’t typically have access to electrical outlets and who want to eliminate the need for batteries. The PEG is Easy to Use Place the nPower® PEG upright in your favorite bag Walk, run, or bike Connect the PEG to your […]

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Merry-go-round turns kid energy to clean energy

Posted on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 by

A non-profit called Empower Playgrounds has developed a way to harness the energy of kids playing in order to provide electricity to poor rural villages in Africa. The organization is making merry-go-rounds that have a clean tech twist — onboard kinetic energy harvesters that store that energy in batteries for later use … Founder Ben […]

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