While it’s true that a college education can empower students, at Texas State the students will soon be able to quite literally “empower” the university.
The retrofitting of 30 elliptical machines at the Student Recreation Center (SRC) will give the equipment the capability of converting exercise into renewable energy, connecting it to the power grid.
On Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. in the SRC, the machines will be unveiled, making Texas State the first university in the state to generate electricity in this way. In fact, the SRC project will be the largest of its kind in the world.
The technology converts the effort of a typical 30 minute workout into about 50 watt hours of electricity, which is sufficient to power a laptop computer for one hour or a desktop computer for 30 minutes.
“The main rationale is to help promote sustainability efforts and raise awareness with the student body,” said sports clubs director Stephanie Thompson. “We believe that once students understand how much energy it takes to power appliances or electronics, they will adapt their lifestyles to create a more energy efficient and sustainable community.”
The $19,750 bill for the project will be paid by Texas State’s Environmental Service Committee and the Department of Campus Recreation with support from Associated Student Government (ASG).
The retrofitting technology will be installed by ReRev, a company based in Clearwater, FL, which has worked on similar projects nationwide.
More information about this project can be found by visiting http://www.campusrecreation.txstate.edu/Calories-to-Kilowatts. For further information contact the Student Recreation Center at (512) 245-5792.Email | Print