The work is based on the idea of renewable energy sources, that is, the energy that we take (more or less accidentally) from our environment. Unlike wind power or solar energy, which can be used only if there are favorable conditions (of course, with a previously prepared technical platform), the energy supplied byMEP is almost always available. The only limit to the production of energy can be set by the owner of MEP, his physical stamina and willingness to invest his own labor in energy production.
MEP could be divided into two main parts: one for energy production and one for energy consumption. Energy is generated by a park bench made of wooden planks laid on concrete pillars. A circuit is set up on the sitting part of the bench consisting of a pedal, transmission, and generators. To make the generating process as comfortable as possible, the user is enabled to turn the pedals in a recumbent position, and for this purpose, a cushion is placed on the bench opposite the mechanism. This part also includes some “appropriate” literature (secured with a Kensington slot and a rope) on the subject of renewable energy sources. The energy consumption section consists of two parts: a regulating circuit connection for charging mobile phones and a circuit with a night lamp that allows the full use of MEP even during the night.
Approximate values of using MEP:
- reading during the day - no need to pedal, no energy production
- reading during the night - it is necessary to pedal the whole time one is reading, energy production 0.000 06 kW per hour
- charging a mobile phone during the day - 0.0005 kW per hour
- charging a mobile phone while reading during the night - 0.00056 kW per hour
A laptop computer cannot be powered by MEP because for one hour of work it would be necessary to produce approximately 0.08 kWh, which represents approximately 150 hours of pedaling. The Croatian Prime Minister’s BMW cannot be powered by MEP because for one hour of work it would be necessary to produce about 200 kWh, which represents approximately 360,000 hours of pedaling. The Croatian Government’s aircraft cannot be powered by MEP because for one hour of work it would be necessary to produce about 5,000 kWh, which represents approximately 9 million hours of pedaling.
production: KONTEJNER (DIY_ARTLAB)