The race to generate renewable energy doesn’t just end on wind turbines and solar power. Inventors plan to make use of every possible energy source to create some useful watts. We recently reported about upcoming technologies that can help generate clean renewable energy while you just walk around. However, human nature is above all things lazy and for lazy, deskbound people, Swedish designer Eddi Törnberg has created an office desk, enabling them to contribute to the green movement.
The desk is designed to run on principles of Seebeck effect, piezoelectricity and even photosynthesis. The desk features a thermoelectric generator embedded on its chair, which gets a little hot as the desk user sits on it. The temperature difference between the heated surface in contact and the ambience helps generate renewable electricity. Secondly, as the user moves his/her butt on the chair, electricity is generated by a piezoelectric generator.
The final source of clean energy on the desk happens to be a plant. The plant has been modified to work a little like a potato battery. The array of these passive generators, helps office generators generate renewable energy, which could mean a few more minutes of laptop battery life or a few battery chargers of your cellphone.
Via: The Atlantic Cities