A few years ago I had this idea.
I was working out on the elliptical machine at the gym and thinking about all the energy that I was using to do a 30 minute workout. According to the little electronic calorie counter, it was roughly 300 calories. And almost every machine in the room was being used. There were thousands (or maybe even millions) of calories being burned!
I thought about how much I hear in the news about finding new sources of energy. And I wondered why someone hasn’t come up with a line of cardio machines that can collect the energy used to operate them and convert it into a power source. If this was possible, then a gym could basically power itself. No electric bill. They simply store up the energy collected from the cardio machines and use that to power their lights or computers or air conditioners or whatever.
Now obviously I have no idea about whether or not this is even scientifically possible. Someone smarter than me should definitely weigh in here. Can a calorie be converted into a kilowat? If so, someone should invent this and patent it. (And then when you make millions, if you want to share a small portion with me, I wouldn’t mind.)
I always thought of this as a silly dream made up in Beckyland.
Basically this guy invented a water pump that is also a merry-go-round for kids. As they play on it, the wheel turns, which operates the pump and stores the clean water in a tank. Then families in the community can draw water from the tank.
Currently there are nearly 900 pumps throughout South Africa and a few other countries in southern Africa. But doesn’t this sound like something that could be used all over the world? You can find out more about this organization through their presence on many social networking sites.
Aren’t you pumped? (Sorry.)