Over the years we have seen several eco friendly devices, that help us create power from daily use stuff around us. This innovative bamboo bike is yet another addition to the stream of devices, which give us power without conventional plug-ins. Bambootec, a consortium from Yucatán, Mexico, has created a bamboo bicycle, that turns pedaling into electricity for charging mobile devices. The bike also has a navigation dashboard in the handlebars, which measures distance and time, and a bluetooth connection. It’s an interesting and fairly simple piece of engineering, particularly for those who use bikes to commute, and also rolling blackouts are a part of daily life.
According to Cristina Espinosa López, founder of Bambootec, “the energy transfer is made possible thanks to a converter made of a circuit starting on the rim and proceeding through the system core under the seat, which captures and converts the kinetic energy into electricity. A regulator was also added to the converter, in order to assure that the electricity generated by the bike isn’t unevenly distributed due to variations in speed or quick braking.”
As the name suggests, bamboo sticks are used to assembled the bike, instead of regularly used metal. This makes the bike sturdier, lighter and more resistant to heat. Overall, the device sounds like an excellent example of sustainable technology. The bikes could easily be assembled in the developing world since bamboo is relatively cheap, though certainly not the cheapest material in the world. The dual utility of the bike, which means, it could be used both for transport and for charging devices, makes it one of its kind in many ways. Electricity-generating bikes are certainly nothing new, but used it that context, this one could do the world some good.