A Soccer Ball that is an Energy Generator?

Electricity is a rare thing in more countries than we think and new sustainable energy sources and generators are being designed to help people in third world countries access electricity. Take this as an example, a soccer ball that generates energy through use. sOccket is a fun and portable power source invented by four engineering students from Harvard University. This innovative soccer ball produces energy when you play with it, the more it gets kicked, the more energy it generates!

In most African countries, more than 75% of the population don’t have access to electricity. This soccer ball has been distributed in third world countries to help them be provided with an extra source of power. Soccer is the most played sport in the world and this little ball not only serves as entertainment, but also as a valuable energy source. Once you’ve finished playing with the ball, you can then use it to power LED lights or to charge batteries.  To generate about 3 hours of LED Light, only 15 minutes of play is required.

sOccket is also a good substitution for the usage of Kerosene. Over one billion people in the world use Kerosene to light their homes. Kerosene, also known as paraffin, is a highly flammable liquid used for heating, lighting, cooking and entertainment. sOccket would help reduce the number of people in contact with Kerosene which is expensive and critical to health, not to mention dangerous.

So how does it work? sOccket works on a simple mechanism that captures the energy from the impact of the soccer ball when it is kicked. It stores the energy that would in normal circumstance be lost to the environment. The mechanism harnesses the kinetic energy and transforms it into electricity that can be used later. sOccket weighs no more than 5 ounces more than a regular soccer ball so the difference is barely there for players. sOccket is a cheap and clean energy solution helping people  shine all over the world.

At Lumo Energy we love hearing about ideas and if you have come across any inovative energy sources or generators please let us know.

Visit http://www.soccket.com for more information.

Date: 2 March 2011
Category: Lumo Community | Media

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