The generation of energy today corresponds to one of the subjects most discussed in round tables that debate on the future of the environment.
Every day more and more people are interested in seeking some sustainable means to generate clean energy and easy renewal, so that it is possible to contribute effectively to the environment and also to society, with the main objective of developing a quality future for Future generations.
In this aspect Brazil has much to offer because it is a very rich country in terms of natural energy sources and therefore has much to be exploited for who knows in the future to be producing 100% natural energy.
But if it is really how people say that”the important thing is to take the first step” then Brazil in relation to this aspect has already begun to take its first”pedals” towards the sustainable era. I say this because some projects and inventions have been undertaken to make new sources of energy be generated from cycling.
Now you may be wondering: But what about cycling with sustainability? And with the generation of energy? Well, these and many other issues will be clarified throughout this article, so pay attention and understand.
Nowadays, everything that involves sustainability comes to some attention, and cycling has emerged in this history as a way of putting sustainability into practice on the streets, on the beaches, in the fields, in the residences, wherever the bike is present. This is only possible thanks to some researchers and inventors who have found in cycling the best way to generate energy without having to waste horrors, but only by using physical force.
The invention, which was called Pedal Sustentável was developed by Joao Carlos Armelin, a teacher based on simple elements, that is, with only one training roller (for those who do not know, this is a mechanism that allows Cyclist training indoors) coupled to a 12-volt electric generator and a simple bike he achieved the feat of using only the physical force resulting from the pedals to generate electrical energy of up to 127 volts of energy.
With this voltage it is possible to make use of some electrical appliances like LED TV, videogame, cell phones, notebooks, etc. By means of this invention the energy can be used instantaneously or else it can be stored for future use.
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The amount of energy generated by this invention will be directly related to the physical ability of the individual who is pedaling. An example to better understand how this invention works is as follows: after 60 minutes of pedaling at a speed of 20km/h, the amount of energy generated in the device is on average 150watts, however people who do not have the habit of Practicing physical exercises would normally generate around 50watts. If it is not clear to you we will explain in more detail.
This invention will generate energy according to the amount of force that is discharged by the rider during pedaling. But the amount of energy generated will be varying if the person is a beginner, sportsman or athlete. See below:
Beginners: People who do not practice physical activity and lead a sedentary life are able to produce on average up to 50watts / hour of energy, which in the case would give to use that energy generated in the power of a notebook, to recharge the battery of cell phones and Also of video cameras.
Sportsmen: This group is composed of people who exercise regularly and for this reason they are able to generate up to 150watts/hour, which would feed an LCD/LED TV and also a stereo, all of which are connected to the TV. Same time.
Athletes: Athletes are those who live to compete and have a very intense training routine and therefore are able to generate up to 250 watts/hour of electricity. Through this amount of energy athletes will be able to feed fans, blenders or even be lighting up some environment like the ones they usually attend in competitions for example.
This sustainable initiative is an excellent option to be applied in schools through lectures or even in some classes such as physics, mathematics and also environmental education. In a way, this innovation turns out to be a great attraction for learning and, consequently, it favors understanding in subjects involving energy, energy efficiency and sustainability.
The idea that passes through the invention of João Carlos has its concept recognized and is not of today. In 2009, a band that uses music as a means of communication to promote environmental education and the awareness of people in generating electric energy through natural sources such as that developed by João Carlos.
Another event that also adhered to this invention is the carnival street block”Open wings that I want to pedal” where to transmit their songs of carnival is used this same mechanism.
In some Brazilian chains, this invention is also present, as is the case of the Santa Rita do Sapucaí penitentiary in São Paulo, where it acts as a way to reduce days of punishment, and for every 16 hours of pedaling, prisoners of Acceptable behavior would have one day less in their sentences.
The invention in favor of sustainability had repercussion even of international character where it was featured on the CNN channel in 2011.
The technology has also gone hand in hand with sustainability because in addition to the invention mentioned above there is also on the market an equipment that was developed to further facilitate the lives of cyclists and best of all is that its source of energy is totally sustainable.
The equipment is called Es Charger and it is a USB charger and also LED lighting kit, which will make the pedals much more practical and safe. In this case the system will take advantage of the force generated by the pedals to turn that force into energy, which will keep the headlights and flashlights on even when the bike is stationary.
In addition it will also work as a mobile phone charger and GPS in which it will use the same technology.
Brazil is one of the biggest bicycle producers in the world and this market only grows. Now being increasingly allied to sustainable issues some well-known automakers in the car segment have also invested in the production of bicycles, the so-called e-bikes.
These hybrid bikes are becoming a much cleaner and sustainable option for urban mobility, not to mention that it has been emerging as a new trend among bike enthusiasts.
It is even possible to think that with the emergence of these bikes in the market, the relation of the cyclist to the traffic becomes much more friendly than it is nowadays.
The operation of these bikes occurs through the stimulation by electric motor and physical energy that is provided through the pedals. In Europe this trend has been around for some time and became viral last year where thousands of dollars were raised by selling about 700,000 hybrid bikes. Some research related to the economy that involves the segment of bikes, says that by the year 2018 the forecast is that sales have an increase of up to 15% which is no small thing in the face of the global financial crisis.
See some of these bikes that have revolutionized the cycling market and promise to be more of an environmental ally.
Some E-Bikes Models
Ford E-Bike Concept
This bicycle was produced in aluminum and carbon fiber, that is, one of the most resistant materials in terms of bike are present in this model that with the help of a 350 Watts electric motor can reach an estimated speed of up to 25km/h.
The ultracompact manufacturer Smart, Daimler’s subsidiary, has created the E-Bike Smart. This bike is simply incredible, where with only a single battery charge it can show 100km of total autonomy. Its electric motor is combined with the 3-speed rear-wheel drive system. Its cables are all built-in and the removable battery ends up being almost imperceptible.
Peugeot E-City Homme Nexus 3
If there is a pioneering brand in the segment of bicycles, this is Peugeot. Its bike the E-City Homme Nexus 3 is an excellent bicycle that has a load capacity of up to 75km, its rack is made of aluminum and its cost currently is around 1,600 euros, a considerably affordable value in this segment.
Therefore, it is noted that cycling is a practice that, in addition to being beneficial to the body, also contributes effectively to the environment by adopting totally clean and sustainable measures and when allied technological issues the benefits directed to the planet are even greater.