A New Spin On Revolving Doors

December 17, 2008 at 10:35 am 1 comment

revolving_doorYou probably come across revolving doors almost on a daily basis, but I bet this is the first one you’ve ever heard of that can actually harness kinetic energy. In the Natuurcafé La Port coffee shop in the Netherlands, a special revolving door was built that could harness the kinetic energy generated by the people passing through it. The door is equipped with an energy generator that produces the power stored in a set of supercapacitators. People passing through could clearly see the mechanism through the transparent glass on the ceiling.

Energy generated admittedly isn’t anything jaw-dropping but still total to around 4,600 kWh per year. Most of that is used to power the LED light at the top of the structure for illumination as well as to control the door’s revolving speed to avoid accidents. There’s a visible light scale at the inside to indicate energy harnessed–red or orange for low energy from slow entries through the doors and green for high energy harnessed brought about by fast-paced entries. The energy-harnessing revolving door is part of a refurbishment process of the railway station where the café is located. Using the same principle but a different execution is the power-generating floors in a Japanese train station.

[via Good Clean Tech]

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  • 1. scienceguy288  |  December 18, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Very interesting idea. And to think all of this energy was being wasted.

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