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INTRODUCTION 

Humans and their creations/technological advancements are the cause for so much destruction and depletion of the Earth’s natural resources.  Now that there is more widespread knowledge and concern about the environment, it is time to introduce some different solutions than we are used to seeing.  For the most part, the general public is now familiar with looking to wind and solar power as large scale alternative energy options.   However, energy production on a smaller scale is often not addressed.   It seems that it would be useful to also look at other sources of energy that could be more wide spread and accessible to almost everyone and that could be easily incorporated into people’s daily routines.   I believe human energy to be a very promising prospect for small scale energy production.

Table of Contents

 

1. Relationship to NORA

1.1 Relationship to Needs

1.2 Relationship to Organizational Forms

1.3 Relationship to Resources

1.4 Relationship to Abundance

2. Implementation

3. Strengths and Weaknesses

4. Source

 

RELATIONSHIP TO NORA

Needs

Humans have many needs to be fulfilled.  As we progress through time, there are certain standards that need to be met in order to be a functional member of mainstream society.  It is not to say that people who do not abide by these standards are some how not up to par, but if one is attempting to mesh with the expectations of society, there are some norms that must be met in this day and age.  The specific expectations I am thinking of are having access to electricity and simple machinery to make everyday tasks less difficult and/or time consuming.  One of the main needs I would associate with human energy is participation due to the fact that having access to electricity, machines, and small appliances are all necessary to be participants in mainstream society as far as being able to communicate with others.

Interestingly enough, another need that all living organisms have is the need for *mobility*.  Mobility and human energy go hand in hand for multiple reasons, but especially for the simple fact that when humans are mobile, they produce energy that is able to be harnessed to power electronic devices.  In addition, humans are able to be mobile on their own without the reliance on machinery that has negative impacts on the environment by walking, running, cycling, skateboarding, as well as other methods. By using the power of your mobility in a positive way, you can create and harness energy that is renewable through the movement of your own body rather than choosing options that are produced from non-renewable resources.

By producing and harvesting human energy, you are also exercising your right to health.  Everyone has the right to a healthy life.  Unfortunately, however, not everyone in the world is currently experiencing the healthiest life possible due to external sources outside of their control.  But, there are people who are perfectly capable of improving both their mental and physical health by making simple alterations to their sedentary American lifestyles.  In addition to producing harness able energy through body movement, one can also improve their health by increasing the amount they move as well as the amount of time spent outside throughout the day.  This can be done by walking to destinations that would normally be driven to, or at least walk to a public transit stop, and use the stairs instead of the elevator in buildings.

Organizational Forms

Human energy is most relevant to the self provisioning cluster since  the main concept that has ben explored thus far is how humans are capable of providing themselves with enough energy to occasionally replace some battery and electric operated devices.  Other forms of alternative energy would also fall into the self provisioning cluster, but human energy seems to be the form of energy production that is most literally self provisioning.

Resources

In terms of resources, there are not many that are needed to collect the energy that is output by human movement.  However, the essential resource of energy is produced from movement. As previously mentioned, this form of energy production is often referred to as human power.  In addition to energy, human power also fits well into the resource category of physical, human-made aspects , particularly the sub-grouping of household appliances which will be explained further under the implementation section.

Abundance

As suggested by the section on the NORA main page, abundance is very much a mindset in the same way as implementing human energy harvesting and converting devices is.  Abundance can be created through the use of human energy as a power source. 

 

 

IMPLEMENTATION 

Even though it would definitely take some getting used to, there are simple changes that could be made to the daily routine of the average American that would encourage less reliance on non-renewable energy sources and simultaneously promote the use of renewable ones.  Human energy can be harvested while doing even the most basic of tasks.

There is very promising evidence that suggests human energy would be beneficial in the following areas:

-Exercise Facilities

-Home Use

-Children’s Toys

-Medical Field

-Military

-Developing Nations

STRENGTHS/WEAKNESSES 

SOURCES

A Human Power Conversion System Based on Children's Play written by Rupesh Varade

Bullock, Anne-Marie. "Can Electricity from the Human Body Replace Batteries?" BBC News. BBC, 09 May 2012. Web. 12 Oct. 2013.

Empowerplaygrounds.org

Highfield, Roger. "Scientists Have Found A Way To Generate Electricity From The Human Body." Business Insider. The Telegraph, 27 Nov. 2012. Web. 08 Oct. 2013.

Movers and Shakers: Kinetic Energy Harvesting for the Internet of Things written by Gorlatova, Sarik, Cong, Kymissis, and Zussman (Cornell University Library)

Biochemical Energy Harvesting: Generating Electricity During Walking with Minimal User Effort written by J.M. Donelan

 

 
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