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.

Farm-4-Energy
  Exercise Power


What We're building
Exercise equipment capable of producing electrical power used to charge batteries and/or feed power into a home or buildings grid connected AC power system.  During a workout, this production of electrical power replaces a workouts resistance formerly provided by weights or the friction of pads on a spinning wheel.

Current Status of the Project
At this time, for the commercial gym and workout facility market, we've converted a weight bench (Platinum Marcy home gym), elliptical, and stationary bike to make electrical power.

For the residential market (in addition to that described above which will be sold to both markets), we've built 2 different types of bike stand to mount or set a road or mountain bike on, where the rear wheel of the bike runs a roller that then in turn is connected to a generator. In this case, resistance is increased or decreased by simply changing gears on the bike.

Next Planned Steps for the Project
1) Identify interest level from gyms, workout facilities, and home users.
2) Formulate materials costs to build final versions of equipment and peripherals.
3) Add adjustment features to allow a user to increase or decrease resistance by producing more or less electrical power. This will be accomplished
    by changing drive and/or driven pulley widths via adjustable Variable Pitch pulleys. Adjustment would have to be made before, between, after a rep
    or session. Actions required by the user to change resistance will be:
       a) dismount from the equipment
       b) release a tensioner (lever)
       c) turn a knob
       d) re-engage a tensioner (lever)
       e) proceed with or resume the work out
4) Build go to market prototype units that have aesthetic appeal and been reviewed by an electrical engineer.
5) Secure a trial gym that would like to serve as the first prototype for a facility sized installation. This would likely be in the Spring of 2018.
6) Build a manual powered treadmill that runs a generator. We tried this once with limited success but have some new ideas that might make this
    more feasible.

Benefits of This Concept
1) Get more out of exercising (by making something useful = electrical power).
2) Use as a marketing point to attract people to a facility.
3) Reduce power used from National Grid (slows your meter down).
4) Potential for tax write off opportunities for equipment & installation, and/or annual depreciation.
5) Be a participant in the next wave of alternative energy generation.
6) Metering of power will allow for more detailed measurable metrics to gauge the accomplishment of a workout (instead of miles or reps, we
    measure power produced in peak watts, peak amps (high point of the workout) and amp hours and watt hours (for total power produced during the
    entire workout)). Power produced could be tracked on a per individual basis or cumulative for a group of people.
7) A facility could also have team competitions to see which can produce the most power. This could facilitate membership sign ups in bulk.

How Much Power Can Be Made
Over the next few weeks we'll be conducting trails that will let us gather power production information to be used to populate the table below.

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
         (https://www.allaboutcircuits.com/textbook/direct-current/chpt-11/battery-ratings))
WH = Watt Hours (a measure of electrical energy equivalent to a power consumption of one watt for one hour
          (https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=watt+hours+definition&spf=1495863440223))
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    
  electrical equipment:
     Meters
     Wiring
     Fuses
     Inverter
     Switch
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.

Safety
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
aaaaaaaaaaaaiii