Dr. Kevin Kilty
Sustainability is essentially made up of three pillars: social, economic, and environmental. In the modern world, physical activity is now considered a pastime rather than a necessity, electricity is the center point of civilization, and conventional electrical sources are known to have negative atmospheric effects. The senior design project my team is pursuing will address these issues via a bicycle-powered charging system. This system will offer people an opportunity to exercise while simultaneously harnessing the mechanical energy they produce for charging small electronic devices. The system will be composed of two primary parts: the support frame and the charging components. The support frame will be similar to a normal bicycle trainer with a friction cylinder beneath the rear wheel to attach the charging components. The charging components will include a generator connected to a battery pack. The battery pack will be capable of charging small electronic devices such as cellphones and will have multiple removable USB ports for charging after bicycle operation. The increased mobility allowed by the removable USB ports and the physical power provided by the support frame allows us to further integrate the social and physical dimensions of peoples' lives. At the same time, less power consumption through traditional electrical sources may further reduce the individual economic burden while concurrently decreasing environmental pollution.
Wollert, Taylor, "The Adaptation of Humans for Sustainable Energy Production" (2016). Honors Theses AY 15/16. 41.