Gallery: Amazing Energy Belt Turns Excess Body Fat Into Electricity

Photo © The Nano Supermarket

Are you worried about those extra pounds gained over Christmas? Here is a conceptual eco-design that could deal with that dilemma by converting excess body fat into energy. Dutch designer Emmy van Roosmalen says the Energy Belt could be used to power everything from cell phones to pacemakers, cutting down on electricity costs while reducing the wearer’s size.

We spotted the Energy Belt at Dutch Design Week, where it was on display as part of a traveling exhibition on future design called The Nano Supermarket by Next Nature. Although this idea might seem crazy, all the show’s products use the latest technology available.

So how does it work? Artificial protocells take the energy from natural brown fat and convert it into Adenosine-5′-triphosphate (ATP). This chemical energy could then be used to produce electricity. Nevermind The Netherlands, we need this to combat the American obesity epidemic instead!

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  1. Ricardo Dirani October 1, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Dan D’Entremont: America, unqualified, in English, refers to the country whose full name is United States of America. Keep in mind that the full name of Mexico is United States of Mexico, and Brazil’s, up to the military coup, was United States of Brazil. Natural language thrives in ambiguity, and we are very well equipped to deal with it. Thus nobody loses sleep over the fact that both the states of Rio de Janeiro e São Paulo in Brazil share their names with their capitals. So just as you can live with Rio the city and Rio the state, you can live with America the country and America the continent.

  2. Hector Diaz Albiter September 7, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Again, this information is misleading. This product DOES NOT exist. It is part of a project that calls designers to come up with new ideas. Not finished products. The blatant irresponsibility of spreading information on your website is embarrassing. It took me two minutes to find out what this belt is about and it is not even my website. It is all explained here:

    Yours truly, to clarify any doubt, again:

    Dr Hector M. Diaz-Albiter, PhD, SNI 1
    Oswaldo Cruz Intitute
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  3. joesywales May 2, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Dear Emmmy,

    I dont really get what this idea is about. How do you plan do specifically induce the \\\”burning\\\” of brown fat? Furthermore, even if you manage to do that by electric stimulation of your muscles via shocks (requires energy) and ADP is converted to ATP, how to plan to gather the stored energy in ATP? It would need to be converted to ADP again, but this energy is only used within the body to \\\”fuel\\\” other chemical reactions. There is no potential difference which you can use for converting the chemical energy into electric potential (do you want to stick electrodes into the body?)…..There is no current (nano-)technology which could possibly make such a system work.



  4. Liondragonvusyom December 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    It is true that we have to pose and reflect on the good we have. You have been such a wonderful blogging teacher as well as life lesson teacher and I so very much enjoyed your course in October, 2012. I hope one day I can meet you and Leslie in person. Have a wonderful holiday and see you next year!

  5. Steve Honest December 29, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    HI Emmy
    i need to talk to you about this belt, can you email me please on

  6. EmmyvRoosmalen December 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I would like to reply to your comment Dan, and give some more information on the technical process you are referring to. You’re right in regard to the brown fat, brown fat is also called a ‘good’ fat, and is used by the body to quickly burn white fat and turn it into heat. The Energy Belt makes use of this quality of brown fat. By activating the brown fat, it starts the white fat burning process inside the body and can make a person lose weight.
    The concept and technique is futuristic of course, but this is how I think it should be able to work, looking at the information available at this time. I hope I have given you enough information to explain how it should work =)

  7. Dan D'Entremont December 28, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Brown fat isn’t the problem fat…brown fat is the internal fat that cushions the internal organs. Still an interesting idea, but it won’t ‘help combat the American obesity epidemic’… Oh and by the way…which ‘America’ are you referring to? North America? South America? Central America?

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