small scale implementations for demonstration and conversation building...ex: The Power Plant Gym
What if there was an accessory benefit to going to the gym? What if a gym, could not only work as a place for you to become healthier, but it also made the environment healthier?
The Power Plant...Gym is a concept that uses the kinetic energy often produced by people working out and turns it into electric energy. This power could then be used to run the facility. Excess energy could be exported to the grid, used locally on a microgrid, or maybe used to clean water or air in the near vicinity.
More importantly, the gym would function as a way to get people talking about renewable energy and the environment.
People already doing this...
A few people are already doing this. I think the real kicker would be an innovative system for incentivizing people to go work out. Here it is...no cost to join, no cost to workout. If you DON'T generate your share of the kWh every month, you get charged. If you try and cancel, you get charged. I call it the "Pay NOT to play" model.
What community does this idea benefit and who are the main players?
This could benefit any community anywhere, whether this becomes the central generator of power for an area without power or whether it becomes just a performance art piece for a place with power.
How does your idea specifically help your community rapidly transition to renewables?
It would help the community of workout enthusiasts reach outward while still working inward (i.e. getting healthy).
What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?
I could try and do a senior/ junior design project with local universities to have students create concepts and mockups.
What skills, input or guidance are you keen to connect with from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?
model prototyping of feasible, group-based exercise equipment, would help people to better conceptualize what possible benefits exist.
Please indicate which type of energy is most relevant to this post:
A combination of various types of renewable energy