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posted by hubie on Sunday December 10, @09:32AM   Printer-friendly

Low-tech Magazine has built a bicycle generator for a public exhibition on energy at the Pavillon d'Arsenal in Paris, France. Their two other bike generators can be seen and experimented with in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Barcelona, Spain.

In October, we built a third energy bicycle during a workshop at the House of the Future in Rotterdam. This bicycle generator is now used as an energy source in the community center. The House of the Future is open to the public, for details see their website and instagram.

In a future article, we will cover the construction process and technical details of these two new muscular power plants. These machines are based on spinning bikes and are more powerful than the first bike generator we built.

With electricity prices continually hitting new record highs, maybe the market is the EU?

[The Toaster Challenge can help put this energy-generation idea into perspective. --hubie]


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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by khallow on Sunday December 10, @08:01PM (1 child)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday December 10, @08:01PM (#1336043) Journal
    Human generated electricity is insane. There are a few applications out there, like say an off-the-grid place that needs small amounts of electricity once in a while. I recall a covert observation post [wikipedia.org] in Second World War Gibraltar that used a bike to generate power for the radio. But for the most part, it takes more electricity and other energy to feed the person than you get out. More efficient to just run a line over.

    If they really want to lower the price of electricity (and I'm not sure the policy makers do), more nuclear power and more natural gas wells.
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 11, @02:54AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 11, @02:54AM (#1336071)

    > Human generated electricity is insane.
    Human generated electricity is instructive.

    ftfy

    It helps people understand what Bucky Fuller meant when he talked about "energy slaves":
      - In antiquity, rich people had actual human slaves (and animals) to provide the power for their "high energy" life style.
      - Now, anyone that can afford a car can use a small motion of their throttle foot to control the same order of magnitude of power as could be produced by a regiment (~800) of soldiers (or slaves). When it comes to energy use, we really do live like kings, or better.