Posts tagged ‘perpetual motion’

Energy Harvesting – Free Power From Thermal, Kinetic & Solar Energy

Do you have an idea to harvest energy from Thermal, Kinetic & Solar Energy?

Check out this site from Linear Technology

Look at the case studies and ask for free samples to test out your theories.

Make the world self sufficient in energy one person at a time.


Revisiting Harnessing Energy Expended by People

Here are some links to earlier blogs on harnessing energy expended by people.

I have seen quite a number of interesting ways people around the world have found to harness this wasted energy. There have been a plethora of new products which convert the motion generated by people into usable energy.

What I have not seen are kits which can retrofit existing products or structures to convert the lost motion.

For example how about a kit which you can install on a revolving or sliding door with a docking station to charge you iPhone or iPod

This is a fertile area where once could suggest ideas and even submit to the various contests with free 3D CAD software.

Ready for some dreaming?

What is a Nanogenerator? How can the Smart City use it to Self Power?

Go ahead Google Nanogenerator


What is a Nanogenerator?

A Nanogenerator transforms kinetic energy into a continuous flow of direct-current (DC) electrical energy. For example it can transform our everyday movements like walking, sitting down, getting up, waving, typing exercising in usable power.

The father of the Nanogenerator is Professor Zhong L Wang at Georgia Tech.

Now that we have the technology, let us see how we can apply it for the Smart City to Self Power.

Let us take a simple Lap Top Computer. It is our work station. However have you seen people at air ports navigate towards a power supply (of which there are not enough to go around) plug-in their adapter, transform 110 V AC to usable DC and surf the web.

Now if we had a nanoGenerator built into out clothing we would have been continually charging our lap top and would never require an external power supply. So, in effect we could be wireless and no losses on transmission of power and as a result savings in energy usage.

Lets us explore how we would use this concept in the Smart City buildings, transports, health facilities, schools, libraries and community?

I would request our readers to give us their suggestions.

Looks like the gemPOD is the cousin of the Copenhagen Wheel

I was just going over the specs of the pemmPOD and the gemPOD. Looks like the gemPOD is the cousin of the Copenhagen MIT wheel Hub. The Copenhagen wheel I am sure will drive a lot of lateral designs. My kudos to the MIT team for making a very strong statement at Copenhagen. The sky is the limit for innovation.

Did the MIT team use Design Thinking. It would be nice to know what drove this grat innovative product?