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What if we could harness the power of all those calories that children burn in playgrounds?
Children's energy seems to have no bounds, so why not make use of its potential?
A trio of industrial designers have imagined a blueprint for playgrounds in which play structures would harvest kinetic energy to produce power. The designers, Andrew Simoeni, Joel Lim and Funfere Koroye, have dreamed up some objects that would be fun to play on even without the added bonus of energy generation, such as a new take on the old standby, the see-saw:
Their concept, called Kidetic, would use dynamos to convert the mechanical energy from the play structures in motion into electrical energy. Now, nuclear fission this is not. The amount of energy that could be harvested from a playground is relatively small -- perhaps enough to power lights so that the playground could be used at night. Or, perhaps more helpfully, the power generated during a recess period could be used to supplement the energy needs of a school where the playground is located.
According to the designers, each power generator could produce 31.5 Watts per hour of play. (They also note that this could power 20 bulbs for an hour, but it's not clear what they mean by that.) If a school's playground with, say, six structures was used for three hours each day, that would crank out 2,835 Watts per week. That's not going to make a dent in the building's heating or cooling needs, but it's not nothing, either.
What if every playground in a school district, or across a large city, employed energy-harvesting structures such as these? That's a lot of kid power waiting to be captured.
Images: Joel Lim
May 8, 2012
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This is nothing new. It has been implemented in African villages as a way to provide electricity in locations that needed it. It started out with much fanfare, but now the merry go rounds just sit in the playgrounds abandoned. Once the novelty wears off, the need for day to day activities takes over and the playtime never really happens. Good concept but a failed lesson in practical usage.
Keep skipping rope Mary. Daddy needs to charge his phone. All joking aside, it is a clever idea. They could have made a lot of power off the old merry-go-round of my youth.
I was wondering if you could tell me where you got this information from? I'm currently researching these merry-go-round generators to see if they'd be a viable option for a group I'm working with.
Source? As a teacher, I know a lotttt of kids who really like playgrounds. Who am I kidding? If it fails in Africa, it will fail everywhere. Then again, maybe it's the merry-go-round that's a failed/obsolete concept?