With every step we take, every opening of a door, pedal of a bike, we are using energy. According to good ole’ Newton and his law of motion each of these actions warrants an equal and opposite reaction. When we push, objects push back and the energy is never really lost…. though usually I can’t really see where the energy goes! What if we could harvest such ‘reactions’ into usuable opperations? Several innovators have figured out ways of doing exactly this. Below is a collection of my favorite recycled energy projects that could be adapted and used in a variety of locations:
1. THE REVOLVING DOOR- open a door, light up a cafe! This built project at a Netherlands cafe takes what is already the most efficient door type (a revolving door lets the least amount of conditioned air out) and uses each patrons entry to help generate a little electricity. (via Inhabitat)
2. THE ENERGY GENERATING DANCE FLOOR – Dance all night long to keep those beats pumping. Several of these have already been built and are traveling the US with green promotional events. (via Interactive Architecture)
3.THE RIVER GYM- What if your stationery bike actually got you to work on time? With the River Gym, floating pods will be propelled along the hudson river by people going about their exercise routine inside. In addition, the vessel would be equipped with purification devices to clean the river as it moves. You’ve got to check this project by Mitchell Joachim out.