MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has given two of its students the inspiration to come up with a new technology that, in the future, will be the solution to major energy problems.

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Tad Juscyzk and James Graham conceived, years ago, a project called “Crowd Farm”, and announced it in 2007, at the Holcim Forum awards ceremony. Moreover, Crowd Farm works by converting the movement of humans, in a crowded place, to electrical energy to be consumed later on.

The Concept

Carmencitta Magazine - What is Crowd Farm 3“The idea of a Crowd Farm would work like this: Boston’s South Station railway terminal would house a responsive sub-flooring system made up of blocks that depress slightly under the force of human steps would be installed beneath the station’s main lobby. The slippage of the blocks against one another as people walked would generate power through the principle of the dynamo, a device that converts the energy of motion into that of an electric current.

The electric current generated by the Crowd Farm could then be used for educational purposes, such as lighting up a sign about energy. Jusczyk stated that people should understand the direct relationship between their movement and the energy produced. A single human step can only power two 60W light bulbs for one flickering second, but a crowd in motion (Boston South station is an estimated 28,527 steps) and the result is enough energy to power a moving train for one second.” As described by them.

The Invention’s first test

Both students, decided to test the program for the first time, in the Venice Biennale, which is a train station in Torino city, Italy. They used the act of ‘sitting’ in order to generate power. In fact, the weight of the body on the train’s chair, cause a wheel to spin which in turn powers a dynamo that was able to turn on 4 LEDs.