While we were looking for innovations about Green Energy we came across an innovation by Giradora which not only saves energy but helps the poor masses to improve their quality of life and protect the environment. This innovation is known as the pedal-powered washing machine!
In one of our articles, we have presented an innovation as to how prison inmates produced green electricity though cycling. The same principle, pedalling, is used in the pedal-powered washing machine and the kinetic energy produced from the pedals is used directly to power the washing machine. This innovation skips the step of transforming the kinetic power to electricity thus reduces the losses in power since every conversion has its losses. This innovative idea can be used in countries and locations where there is no electricity infrastructure and people spend a lot of time in washing their clothes in rivers and lakes or at home in water basins.
The idea is innovative and yet simple with multiple benefits. It is aimed at communities which are poor, distant from electricity sources; which do not have washing facilities and their laundry tasks take from 3-6 hours a day. The pedal-powered electricity-free washing machine consists of two main parts: a plastic tub and a pedal-powered spinning mechanism. The process is simple: fill the tub with water, add soap, load the clothes, cover the tub with the lid, sit on top of the tab and start pedalling. While you pedal the clothes are washed. Once washed, remove the water and spin again to dry the clothes to the best possible extend.
The benefits from this innovation are many and can be summed in the list below:
- Green Energy: – no pollution – kinetic energy is used directly to consumption. No air pollution and no CO2 emissions!
- Electricity-free: No electricity is needed to wash the clothes. This is ideal for the reasons explained earlier.
- Saves time: it reduces washing time by a significant amount and the saved time can be used in more productive work. This means that people can have an improved quality of life.
- Less water consumption: less water is needed to wash the clothes thus valuable and scarce resources are conserved, an issue which is of great importance especially in the poor and underdeveloped countries. At this point it is worth noting that there are many initiatives for innovation which deal with the reduce water consumption.
- Reduce Pollution: By controlling the cloth washing process there is a reduction of the water and environment pollution. Less soap and detergents go down the rivers and water streams.
- Exercise: Washing clothes becomes fun and it is a good exercise for everybody in the family.
- Healthy: Spinning and drying clothes avoid the growth of mold and improves the hygiene conditions in the poor areas.
The pedal-washing machine will soon go into production with a budgeted price of around 40 USD so that it will be really affordable for the poor communities of Latin America, such as certain areas of Peru, of Africa and Asia. Given the fact that it washes clothes in a minimal time the same machine can be shared by several households.
It is certainly great to come across innovations which provide multiple benefits and which include the green energy attribute.