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Conference Paper


Proceedings - 2012 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2012, Seattle, WA, p.12-17 (2012)





Bicycles, Charging (batteries), Cost accounting, Developing countries, Electric power generation, energy conservation, Energy demands, Energy shortages, Environment friendly, Fuel supply, Global problems, Headlights, Non conventional sources, Power energy, Power generation infrastructures, Power infrastructures, Power lighting, Practical solutions, Renewable, Renewable energy resources, Renewable energy source, Rural areas, rural population, Simple system, Specialized tools, Supply chains, Sustainable energy, Urban settings, Urban transportation, Variable costs, Wood fuels


<p>With urban cities grappling with the problem of energy Shortages and many regions in developing countries still remaining unlit and with zero access to electricity, Renewable Energy Sources are the need of the hour. Pedal Power energy is one of the practical solutions to the problem, since bicycles are the main source of transport, especially in rural areas and even in an urban setting, exercise bikes in gyms can be used effectively to generate energy. This paper focuses on using pedal powered energy to power lighting devices, specifically targeting those rural areas that remain unlit and in the dark, even a decade into the 21st century. In this paper, a simple system is proposed, where batteries can be charged using power generated by pedaling a bicycle, and used to power lighting. The pedal power system has several advantages over typical power generation infrastructure. The technology is less expensive and does not require a fuel supply chain connecting users to suppliers and long-term variable costs. It reduces the need for wood fuel, further limiting the need to cut down trees and is environment friendly. The mechanism is easy to operate and does not demand specialized tools or equipment for servicing. Pedal Power is a non conventional source of energy that can be used effectively to meet energy demands. It will help counter global problems that stem from the rural population's lack of access to energy and education. © 2012 IEEE.</p>


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Cite this Research Publication

R. K. Megalingam, Nair, L. M., Viswanath, M., and Sugathan, S., “Pedalite: Lighting up Lives in Un-electrified Villages”, in Proceedings - 2012 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2012, Seattle, WA, 2012, pp. 12-17.