Friday, December 26, 2008

Revolving Doors

Revolving doors are no stranger to politics, but this time we're talking about revolving doors as a source of energy. Saw this intriguing concept on the 13th Floor blog, and wondered if it could catch on in Hawaii.

A company in the Netherlands has developed a product using the rotation of a busy revolving door as an energy generator. The prototype is a heavily trafficked door at the Driebergen-Zeist train station in the Netherlands. About 8500 commuters use the train through this station every day. The motion of the revolving door is expected to generate 6400 kwh of energy per year, which could cover the needs of one average household.

As it turns out, others have thought of it before, including a company called Fluxlab which developed the Revolution Door. In this prototype, adding a generator to the resistance of the revolution may be more of a "drag" than most people care to encounter.

Do we have any revolving doors in Hawaii that have enough usage to generate a significant amount of energy? If the doors are there anyway, why not optimize their activity? Are there other revolving motions or actions that could also generate energy? Food for thought.

1 comment:

Nancy Cook Lauer said...

One thing I have noticed, especially in Hawaii, is that people tend to prefer the standard door rather than the revolving door, if both are about the same distance away. Revolving doors seem much more popular in the Northeast United States than here, and are probably more popular in other cities where there are crowds trying to get into buildings at the same time. But it would be great if we could get energy from people-power!