Document Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2009

Capstone Advisor

Samuel P. Clemence

Honors Reader

Rick Martin

Capstone Major

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Capstone College

Engineering and Computer Science

Audio/Visual Component

no

Capstone Prize Winner

no

Won Capstone Funding

yes

Honors Categories

Sciences and Engineering

Subject Categories

Engineering | Other Engineering

Abstract

The world is in the midst of an energy crisis and it is only going to get worse. World energy consumption rates are increasing by the day; meanwhile, the amount of available natural resources to generate energy is decreasing at impressive rates. In addition, humans are becoming more aware and educated about the vast impact that their daily lives have on the environment. Scientists have discovered that the earth has been gradually warming over the past few decades. Natural cycles within the earth’s climate, at this time, cannot fully explain the relatively large increases in surface temperature in such a short amount of time. Therefore, the United States and the rest of the world are changing their attitude toward the environment. Instead of a use and abuse policy that we once had as humans, we are changing into a reuse, recycle, and renew society.

In an attempt to incorporate sustainability within the daily lives of humans, as a solution to the energy and global warming crises, I have developed a prototype for a system that coverts kinetic energy or “human energy” to useful electrical energy. The prototype produces clean, renewable energy by harnessing the energy spent by a gym user on an upright exercise bicycle. The electrical energy will then be incorporated into the gym’s electrical grid and used immediately to power low voltage circuitry such as televisions, fans and lights within a closed loop system.

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