In a great article in the Oregonian, OSU students that work out on specially retro-fitted elliptical machines are returning electricity to the campus power grid. Is there any question that Oregon State University is leading the way in sustainability??? (the answer is ‘no’ BTW)
Some article snips:
Thousands of college students regularly hit the cardio exercise machines to work off stress after an exam or stay in shape. Oregon State University is harnessing the energy the machines can generate and converting it to electricity to feed back into the power grid.
It is among the first universities in the United States to do so…
In 2007, OSU students voted to tax themselves $8.50 per student per term to purchase renewable energy for the campus. Since then, about three-quarters of the universityâ€™s electricity has come from renewable production.
“OSU students have demonstrated how big student power can be on campus,” said Matthew Pennington, chief of staff for the Associated Students of Oregon State University. “It was a grass roots movement that helped OSU turn green and this project moves it forward even farther.”….
“A battery-free system like this, tied to the grid, is quite rare,” Trelstad said. “In fact, weâ€™re informed by ReRev which has done extensive market research that this is the largest installation of its kind in the world.”
GO BEAVS! GO WORLD!