Thursday, May 21, 2009

Students Generate Power on Elliptical Machines

EUGENE, OR -- Students at the University of Oregon’s (UO) student recreation center will help power the school by working out on 20 retrofitted elliptical machines tied to the electrical grid. They were debuted on May 11.

The university estimates that students will use the 20 machines for six to eight hours a day, which should generate about 6,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. Officials said this amount is about enough to power a small energy efficient house for a full year.

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