The CEO of 5-Hour Energy, an energy shot product, has developed a bike that can power a small house from an hour's cycling

The CEO of an American energy shot product has invented a static bicycle that can be used to power domestic properties.

Manoj Bhargava’s invention – Free Electric – is a stationary layback bike that charges a battery as the user pedals. The 62 year old’s hope is to bring electricity to otherwise cut off places in the developing world, a move that could dramatically reduce world poverty.

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It’s reported that almost half the world’s population is without a reliable source of energy, with many having no access to electricity whatsoever.

“Energy is the great equaliser. So you try to look for that which is the one thing that will lead to benefits that are across hundreds of things,” said Bhargava in the promotional video.

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He continued: “Human mechanical energy is so amazing, why can’t we use that to create energy?”

The CEO went on to say how his company had “invented a hybrid bicycle that you pedal for an hour and you have electricity for 24 hours. We call it: Free Electric.”

This machine could revolutionise people’s access to electricity around the world, and could be used in duality in the developed world to tackle the health problems associated with over-eating and obesity.

  • aieldndn

    Energy = Power * Time

    If you have 24 athletes as family members who could individually sustain 300 watts (.402 hp) for one hour each you could probably run some LED lighting, charge a laptop and a cell phone, a wireless router, and maybe power up an efficient sat system. Forget cooking, space heating, and air conditioning.

  • AdamReynolds

    So why is this not on a water wheel? Or a treadmill?

  • Jono_M

    I was looking at conservation of energy, primarily.

  • Johnny

    Jono is right, and even if this did work as they say, then I bet there’s a million other ways the technology can be applied to yield more energy. Humans are terribly inefficient “machines”, if a person could produce enough energy to power a small home from one hours work, then presumably this technology could be applied much more efficiently and produce energy on a much larger scale.

  • Robban_H

    You may attach all the flywheels in the world to the machine but they WILL NOT produce energy by them self. ALL ENERGY has to come from somewhere (i.e. the person spinning upp the flywheel). If a well trained cyclist puts out 300W for an hour that will store 300Wh of energy (minus all losses from friction, air resistance etc) in the flywheel, not a single Wh more. So please don’t refer to “armchair engineers” before you think about your own statements.

  • Stop The Insanity

    Maybe have a look at the difference in engineering that is going on? This is two totally different drive systems, so some research on “Flywheels”

  • Stop The Insanity

    I love all the armchair engineers here, this is not a bike hooked up to a generator, this is a bike hooked up to a “flywheel” hooked up to a generator – maybe do a little research on, what a flywheel is, and do a little reasearch into the new technologies that have come out lately increasing the “energy potential” of flywheels. When a flywheel is spun up to very high speeds, a flywheel becomes a reservoir for a massive amount of kinetic energy, which can be stored or drawn back out at will. It becomes, in effect, an electromechanical battery.. The bike is not driving the generator, the flywheel is driving the generator. “A traditional lead-acid cell— the battery most often used in heavy-duty power applications— stores energy at a density of 30-40 watt-hours per kilogram: enough to power a 100-watt bulb for about 20 minutes. A flywheel-based battery, on the other hand, can reach energy densities 3-4 times higher, at around 100-130 watt-hours per kilogram. Unlike the battery, the flywheel can also store and discharge all that energy rapidly without being damaged, meaning it can charge up to full capacity within minutes instead of hours and deliver up to one hundred times more power than a conventional battery.” The bike is storing energy into the flywheel. Once the flywheel is up to speed, it will keep spinning with less effort, the only things that will slow it down are air resistance and the friction of the bearings, again look up new technologies, that are increasing the efficiency of flywheels. The “Flywheel” is the secret to what is going on in this video.

  • About Creativity

    He is on my google alerts for updates.

  • About Creativity

    I know Mr Manoj Bhargava’s invention Will work.

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  • About Creativity

    Action will show more of what this is all about and I look forward to this……………

  • Mike Williams

    Considering it took 100 cyclists using 80 bikes to power a small house with 4 people in it for 12 hours (ref. I believe the documentary was called Power House) I call BS on this claim. Ignoring the cost of labor, capital investment, etc. the food needed to power these cyclists made it a complete losing proposition (> 50-Kcal to do the work of a lump of coal)

  • Tom Sharp

    I think he may be referring to people in developing countries with less demand for electricity. But you are absolutely right, a modern British home would use that far faster!

  • Simon

    The maths just doesn’t add up, doing 200W for an hour won’t give you much more energy than you need to have a kettle on for 5 minutes

  • Ed

    Don’t get too excited about this free energy. Think about your power output when cycling, use this to generate electricity and after efficiency you may generate, say, 120 Wh. Enough to power a 5W LED for 24h. Power that would cost about 1p to buy.

  • CyberTonTo72

    How do I connect this to my turbo?

  • Jono_M

    I’m still not sure if the power output by a human pedaling four an hour would be as significant as they claim. Hell, you need to be an Olympic sprinter just to make toast:

  • Butty

    Has a member of the developing world got the calories to spare to power this device?

  • Snide_remark

    I want one