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Pedal Gen – DIY power generator gets you fit and saves the planet


The Pedal Gen is a DIY power generator based around a discarded bicycle motif. You get on, you pedal, you light up a city. Or something. The plans – sans bike of course – will cost you £4.99/$10.00. Rush out and help us all. While we order another Latte.

 An average reasonably fit human being can generate a constant 100 watts of power in 20 minute sessions – a great cardiovascular workout. If this generated power is stored in a lead acid battery it could be used to power three 11w (60w incandescent equivalent) Compact Fluorescent Lamps for one hour!!! Your morning workout could power the lighting needs of a medium size room for one hour – whatever the wind or solar conditions outside! Or maybe get the children off there Xbox’s and get them contributing to the homes electrical demands…

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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