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In most secondary schools curriculums, pupils receive some sort of cooking and manual skills lessons. Why not let them make a solar panel to take home? It would be used (because parents would be proud of the achievement) and it would leave a memorabl

In most secondary schools curriculums, pupils receive some sort of cooking and manual skills lessons. Why not let them make a solar panel to take home? It would be used (because parents would be proud of the achievement) and it would leave a memorabl

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The idea it to make visible the level of renewable energy used in the production of goods by adding a logo on the packaging (the same way we display how organic a product is or if a product is "fair trade")

The idea it to make visible the level of renewable energy used in the production of goods by adding a logo on the packaging (the same way we display how organic a product is or if a product is "fair trade")

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20 years ago, I shared an apartment with a flatmate in Paris. One evening, I came back by myself from a party we both attended a couple of streets away. It was dark, the streets were deserted. I was a little apprehensive and I had this weird feeling

20 years ago, I shared an apartment with a flatmate in Paris. One evening, I came back by myself from a party we both attended a couple of streets away. It was dark, the streets were deserted. I was a little apprehensive and I had this weird feeling

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Marine commented on Be ENERGY, Build the FUTURE

I love this idea too OpenCali.
I wonder if it'd be beneficial to try and use the kinetic energy from people exercising outdoors, but not necessarily in Parks?

Runners very often share their performance on Twitter with distance and time. With your bracelet, they could post something like 'today I generated X watts, enough to power my [insert relevant gadget] ... "
I bet this would make the bracelet popular and raise awareness :)

You could use soles to recharge the bracelet, like:
http://inhabitat.com/the-solepower-harvests-energy-from-walking-to-charge-your-gadgets/
or
http://urbanwearables.technology/solepower-wearable-charger-big-step-forward-for-gadgets/

Perhaps you could also partner with trainers brands like Nike?

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Marine commented on The Giving Tree [UPDATED 9 Feb 2015]

Hi Ramiro and Natalie,
From a funding viewpoint, I wondered if you could buy and sell some of those turbines in small units?
I think you could create a "wind energy project" box for kids (and adults) in the spirit of http://www.teachersource.com/product/multi-project-solar-kit/energy-solar.

It'd contain:
- one or two tubines
- a couple of DIY projects (maybe charging your toy batteries? Using it to power a led light in your garden?)
- a description of the tree project,
- maybe a donation form?

This Benefit from the sales and potential donation could fund the community tree?

Hi Benjamin, this sounds like a cool product. I can see how it could spread out for general public as well as use in extreme cases (for instance, someone building a room/studio in their garden) and as such, your project really helps to raise the awareness / use of renewable energy. I'm looking forward to see it progressing!