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    Friday, May 04, 2007

    BYU engineering students develop merry-go-round to power African schoolhouses

    Came across this story in a recent alumni newsletter...

    A team of Brigham Young University student engineers this week unveiled a merry-go-round capable of turning children’s play into electricity.

    The students’ prototype merry-go-round uses a direct current generator system to turn the rambunctious energy of kids into electricity that can light schoolhouses in places like rural Ghana. Six engineering students labored on the project for two semesters to develop a device complicated enough to capture and translate human energy into electricity, but simple enough to incorporate old car parts

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    Sterling said...

    Great story! Anyone who can harvest kids' energy like that is a genius. Wonder if I could get a home unit...

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