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Hybrid Squared: Ingenious Energy-Generating Bike Rental System

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On July 15, 2009 @ 6:30 pm In Green Transportation | 12 Comments

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Designer Chiyu Chen [2] has conceived of an ingenious transit system that encourages the use of sustainable transportation by crediting people for renting and riding bicycles. His Hybrid2 system consists of a fleet of rentable bicycles that are capable of generating and storing kinetic energy, which is then used to power the city’s hybrid electric buses [3]. Simply rent a bike, charge it up with kinetic energy from pedal power, and then return it to a kiosk – the station feeds energy into the city’s smart grid, and you receive a credit towards your next bus pass!

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The core of Hybrid2 [2] is Chen’s regenerative braking system for bikes, dubbed “Hybrake”, which allows riders to generate and store energy from braking and normal biking in an ultracapacitor. In Chen’s vision, the more energy a bicyclist generates, the more monetary credit they are given to use on public transportation.

The designer also proposes a solar-powered bike stand outfitted with an RFID card reader to lock and unlock bikes. Personal ID cards [4] will be used to store credit gained from biking for future bus rides, and the whole thing is tied together with a hookup to transfer energy from bikes to the smart grid. Sounds like an ingenious plan for any city trying to reduce traffic congestion!

+ Chiyu Chen [2]


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[2] Chiyu Chen: http://www.chiyuchen.com/

[3] hybrid electric buses: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/14/hybrid-double-decker-volvo-buses-hit-london-streets/

[4] Personal ID cards: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/15/hybrid-squared-an-energy-generating-bike-rental-system/hybrid051/

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