In the Gym: Clean Energy from Muscle Power

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By harnessing the energy expended by athletes exercising at this gym, the owners eliminated their energy bill and feed that much again back into the local grid. What’s next? Paying people to exercise to generate electricity?

Jane La Motta / The Green Revolution Green Revolution technology allows participants in a cycling class to generate electricity while they work out Correction Appended: December 2, 2010 The Green Microgym in Portland, Ore., has all the usual stuff you’d expect — sweaty people, thump-thumping music, sleek exercise equipment — but it has some extras as well. Everywhere you look, there are power cords. And these aren’t the typical kind that let you surf the Web while you slog away on a spin cycle or elliptical machine — although you can do that too. The gym uses specially configured […]

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