Click here to view details describing how installing exercise power fits into the overall concept of Energy Farming, where energy is farmed from available resources at a location such as solar, wind, geothermal, and biofuels and from this concept, jobs and revenue can be created for a community.
For plans on how to permanently convert a bicycle to a power generating exercise bike, or to build or purchase a stand to set your bike on the will allow it to function as a temporary exercise bike that makes power, see the Products & Service page on this site.
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What We're building
WB = Weight Bench
OOS = Out of Shape
AH = Amp Hours (a battery with a capacity of 1 amp-hour should be able to continuously supply a current of 1 amp to a load for exactly 1
hour, or 2 amps for 1/2 hour, or 1/3 amp for 3 hours, etc., before becoming completely discharged
WH = Watt Hours (a measure of electrical energy equivalent to a power consumption of one watt for one hour
FWO Estimate = Total Time or Reps estimated for a full work out for the individual
FWO AH = total amp hours estimated from a full work out
FWO WH = total watt hours estimated from a full work out
Peak Users Estimate = Most people working out at once on an average day
Peak User Power Estimate = Total power expected to be produced during this time. Value is given in amp Hours and is calculated
by (FWO AH x Peak Users Estimate)
Converting Equipment to Make Electrical Power
a) We can add power producing equipment onto existing gym or workout facility exercise bikes, select weight benches, and elliptical's. Here, we first
would need to view and measure this existing equipment and then custom build the peripheral power producing add-ons. To this point, the only
modifications we had to make to the exercise equipment itself was to cut part of the back of the cover out of the elliptical. We could ensure where
to order a replacement cover from if necessary in case we need to revert the elliptical back to its original form.
b) We can build complete units and bring them into the facility.
Grid connection is accomplished by simply plugging the units into a wall outlets and feeding power from the exercise equipment to the outlet and onto the buildings grid, thus slowing the National Grid power meter. Or serveral units can be wired to a single common point where connection to a wall outlet is then made.
DC power to feed batteries would need to be to an existing set up with solar panels or a wind turbine where a battery bank already exists on site. If neither of these exist, we could also coordinate a Solar installation with a NYSERDA approved installer, or could also install a custom battery backup system that would power back up lights, ect and then flip over to feed the facilities AC power grid once the batteries are full.
Workout Facility Responsibilities and Actions
• Sign an interconnect agreement with local power utility to allow for connection of alternative energy equipment to the grid. This is minimal or
zero cost and we will help fill out the required forms.
• Identify equipment to enhance with power producing add-on.
• Make space for prototype units we'll bring in. Will need access to AC power outlets or will need one area (4ft x 4ft) to wall mount the following
Charge Controller (if connecting to DC batteries)
• Provide location for metering gear.
• Provide feedback on use, customer comments, issues.
• Let us in, at will, to inspect equipment.
• Sign an non-disclosure agreement (NDA) agreeing to the following high level contractual terms:
a) Agree to not share any of this technology with any persons, businesses, media, or live human, computer system, social media, website, being
without written consent from Ian Paddock.
b) Never remove any coverings or guards with customers in the facility while the patent is pending.
• Market this to attract customers. We would help with this too if needed.
To ensure the safety of users and the facility, the following pre-cautions (minimally) will be in place:
• Each piece of equipment will be fused.
• Each piece of equipment will be grounded.
• We'll provide an electrical engineer to inspect the prototype builds and the final installation.
• Installation will adhere to local building codes.
• We will cover moving parts with shields or guards.
Prototype Project Timeline
• Summer 2017: Design the aesthetic versions
• Fall 2017: Build aesthetic versions
• Winter 2018: Test extensively and meet with electrical engineer and plan and schedule the first installation at a gym or workout facility
• Spring 2018: Complete first installation and monitor performance