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U. of Oregon workouts produce watts

May 17, 2009

The University of Oregon has retrofitted 20 elliptical machines to generate electricity using technology from The power from each machine in the Student Recreation Center goes through a converter that turns DC into AC, and a meter to keep track before it flows into the grid.

The amount of electricity produced is small -- an estimated 3,000 people a day on 20 machines would generate 6,000 kilowatt hours a year, enough to power one small energy-efficient house in the Northwest. But the project results in a sense of being green among the student body.

Oregon decided to take the plunge at the suggestion of students, who were inspired by a demonstration of exercise bikes charging batteries at last year's Olympic track and field trials held here.


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