It would be very interesting to see this technology being used to harvest energy for more serious usage. I'd like to see kinetic energy of machinery stored as potential energy and this potential energy somehow used to generate electricity.
I've always wondered when my local gym would start using the energy generated by athletes and kick it back into the grid. Of course, I was thinking of putting generators on stationary bikes, treadmills and cross-training machines. But now I find there's yet another way to use the energy from athletes that would otherwise be wasted.
That is a really good idea, Chuck. I agree that this should be marketed and produced! I also like the idea of gyms reusing energy from the people working out there. At the very least, they can use it to power the gym itself, which must have one heck of an electricity bill (think of all those lights and machines). Surely with this potential, there is a better way.
That's the thing that covering all these energy harvesting technologies has showed me, Chuck. There is a huge amount of untapped potential out there, and with all the creative ways people are coming up with to harvest energy, surely there are even far more options. Human energy, wave energy...seems the sky is the limit. Of course there would be some type of hardware or device involved, but some of the devices and fabrics being developed seemed fairly compact and a small price to pay.
@Charles Murray, Imagine treadmill belt made form the stretch sensor fabric. External power supply will be required only to start the treadmill and later energy generated by athelete running on treadmill will be used to run the treadmill.
"Danfoss even claims this technology can one day be used to generate energy from ocean waves and is working on an installation of the material to do so."
Wow!!! energy generated by ocean waves. Ocean covers approximately 71% of the Earth's surface. If energy generation by ocean waves comes to reality then there will be no power cut issues. Energy generation by neuclear power house can be replaced by ocean wave power house which will inturn save our planet by nuclear hazards.
I found that impressive, too, AnandY. I'm still not exactly sure how they can pull it off but if they can there would be huge potential. I'm a surfer and am in the ocean nearly every day. I can tell you first hand how much power waves can generate! So this would be an incredible way to create electricity.
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