Smokestacks and turbines are commonly accepted forms of energy production, but are you familiar with some of the unconventional energy sources out there? Let’s first define what a “watt” is—it’s a measurement of power to achieve an amount of work to be done over a period of time. Perpetua Power has invented a one square inch thermoelectric generator, known as TEGwear, that converts body heat into electricity when placed against your skin. Most importantly, the device could potentially be used to power medical devices such as pacemakers or artificial organs, both of which require 1-20 microwatts. If every adult in the U.S. wore one TEGwear generator, they would generate an astounding 179,637 watts of power.
Another innovative energy source is the Soccket, a portable generator in the form of a size five soccer ball. One Soccket generator outputs six watts of energy. It’s internal mechanism takes the kinetic energy from rolling and converts and stores it as electrical energy. If everyone in Latin America kicked a soccer ball for just an hour a day, they would generate 37.4 megawatts of power—which is enough electricity to power more than 67,000 homes in Latin America for one hour.
To learn more innovative, unconventional sources of energy, check out the infographic below presented by SaveOnEnergy.com.
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