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Pedal-Powered Generators to Illuminate Times Square on New Year’s Eve

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On December 30, 2009 @ 9:00 am In Environment,Kinetic Energy,New York City,Renewable Energy | 5 Comments

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Still making plans for New Year’s Eve [1]? Why not brave the crowds of Times Square [2] and help generate the power needed to light up the famous new year’s numerals! Duracell has been running their Smart Power Lab [3] complete with Power Rovers, which are stationary bikes that anyone can hop on to generate renewable energy [4] that will be used when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

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This is the second year running that the Power Rovers will be lighting up the numerals, and many VIPs and celebs have stopped by the Smart Power Lab [5] to burn some calories and generate some Watts. The Power Rovers are high-tech stationary bikes that create energy with each push of the pedal that is then stored in batteries [6] at the Duracell Battery Center. Then on Thursday night, as per tradition, the ball will drop and the 2010 LED lights will start blazing.

Details as to how much energy is needed for the 2010 numerals are sketchy and you’ll have to do the math yourself to figure out how long you’d need to bike, but we think it’s a great way to start off the New Year. If you can’t handle the crowds for the bike event, hop on the subway and head to Times Square now to help juice up the lights.

+ Smart Power Lab [5]

PRWeb [7] via EcoFriend [8]

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URLs in this post:

[1] New Year’s Eve: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/12/30/philips-luxeon-times-square-led-ball/

[2] Times Square: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/05/26/broadways-final-curtain-call-on-vehicles/

[3] Smart Power Lab: http://powerlab.duracell.com

[4] renewable energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/energy/wind/

[5] Smart Power Lab: http://powerlab.duracell.com/

[6] batteries: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/11/25/algae-could-be-the-key-to-ultra-thin-biodegradable-batteries/

[7] PRWeb: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/11/prweb3236224.htm

[8] EcoFriend: http://www.ecofriend.org/entry/eco-tech-duracell-s-power-rovers-to-power-2010-numerals-on-new-year-s-eve/

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