Prison inmates produce Green Energy through Cycling!

by Andy on August 31, 2012

An innovative way to produce Clean Green Energy was piloted in Brazil. The idea is simple. Prison inmates were asked to produce Green Energy while exercising and as a reward for their participation their time in prison is shaved off at an agreed rate! It is the idea: you reduce time as you produce green energy.

This pioneering program was piloted in Brazil at the Santa Rita do Sapucai prison. The prison is collecting the green energy produced by the cycling inmates. As an exchange the inmates get a reduction of their stay in prison.

The prison authorities have installed two exercise bikes in the prison’s yard and these bikes are connected to batteries. As we all know the cyclists through the motion of the petals they produce kinetic energy which is then converted into electricity. The electricity is then used to charge the batteries. A special device on the handlebars notifies the cyclist when the battery is fully charged. The batteries are then taken to city of Santa Rita to power street lamps. It has been found that one day’s of cycling can give the energy needed to run six street light bulbs. Prison authorities have estimated that when the program is taken to its full scale the amount of green or alternative energy produced will be enough to illuminate the city!

What is the reward for the inmates? Actually there are two kinds of rewards. One is the indirect which is the exercise they get and the fact that they stay fit and the other is a day off their sentence for every 16 hours of pedalling.

The additional benefit for the prison is that the inmates are kept busy and occupied; the prison is promoting its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) image.

Who would have thought that Green Energy would come from a prison?

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