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New Gym Generates Electricity From Patrons’ Work-Outs

New Gym Generates Electricity From Patrons’ Work-Outs
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The Green Energy Gym harnesses 'people power,' converting the energy people expend when they exercise to clean, usable electricity.

Allie Walker
  • 16 may 2012

Expend energy, generate energy.

It’s a simple concept that The Great Outdoor Gym Company has put into practice, creating the ‘Green Energy Gym,’ a free outdoor gym that ‘harnesses people power’ to create electricity. When someone uses one of the gym’s cardio machines, their energy expenditure is converted into electricity–the more people that use the machines, the more electricity generated.

Each piece of equipment can generate between 50-400 watts of electricity, with the average user generating between 50-100 watts of electricity. The human-generated electricity is currently being used to light up the gym at night- bright neon LED lights glow around the gym’s perimeter to help extend the gym’s usage hours. Eventually, The Great Outdoor Gym Company hopes the electricity generated from the gyms can be used to power local buildings or be fed into the National Grid.

The gym also focuses on awareness–in both electricity usage/generation and health. A console in the middle of the gym updates in real time the collective amount of ‘human energy’ (in watt hours) that has been generated by exercise so people know how their efforts translate. The console also features a ‘bod pod,’ where users can weigh and measure themselves to learn their BMI, with the hope that awareness and exercise can help prevent health issues.

The first ‘Green Energy Gym,’ dubbed The Green Heart, is in Hull, England. The Great Outdoor Gym Company hopes to open 100 additional ‘Green Energy Gyms’ in the UK each year for the next five years. Each gym serves about 5,000 people- if all goes as planned, 2.5 million people in the UK will soon have access to gyms that can help them improve their health while they help the nation generate clean energy.

Watch a video about the 1st Green Energy Gym, ‘The Green Heart’ and scroll through pictures of the gym below:

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