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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: 3, Informative) by captain normal on Sunday December 10, @09:49PM (3 children)

    by captain normal (2205) on Sunday December 10, @09:49PM (#1336056)

    A 24" LED monitor uses less than 30 watts. You'd have be driving a pretty big monitor to suck up 200 watts. The typical laptop uses far less than 30 watts.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 10, @10:06PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 10, @10:06PM (#1336057)

    And one litre is a damn big cup of tea.

  • (Score: 1) by pTamok on Monday December 11, @07:38AM

    by pTamok (3042) on Monday December 11, @07:38AM (#1336094)

    A 'typical' laptop PC, yes: but a 'typical desktop PC has a higher power draw. I didn't make myself clear.