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TOP 5 Weirdest Ways to Power Your Home
Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On July 16, 2007 @ 11:55 am In Environment,Poo Power!,Renewable Energy,San Francisco,Solar Power,Wind Power | 16 Comments
As solar panels and wind turbines become more and more commonplace in homes, it appears that green energy is finally moving into mainstream. But lest you fear that solar power is becoming too played out, there are still plenty of TRULY ALTERNATIVE  energy sources to out there to sink your trendspotting teeth into. From kinetic energy  to sound-power  and even natural waste (yes, poo) , there are more and more creative, weird, and super-promising ways to deliver all the power you need from renewable energy sources all around us. Here are our top 5 Really Alternative Energy Sources….. 
2. SOUND ENERGY 
While there isn’t a residential prototype for this technology built yet, the idea that soundwaves could be transformed into usable energy is not only promising, but mind-blowing. University of Utah Physicist Orest Symko and his students have developed a way to turn excess heat into sound and finally into electricity , and we can’t wait to see this technology applied to home energy.
3. HUMAN MOTION
We’ve seen this technology used in the Sustainable Dance Club  as well as in Hong Kong’s human-powered gyms , and the principle could easily be applied to residences as well. When we humans walk, dance, work out, run, move, we create energy. Through new technology, this energy can be harnessed into usable energy to cycle back into our buildings, dance clubs, gyms, and homes. Its only a matter of time before the Sustainable Dance Club concept comes makes inroads into the home.
4. WIND-KINETICS 
Going way beyond a simple wind turbine, Michael Jantzen’s Wind Shaped Pavilion  turns architecture into renewable energy source. The kinetic wind house is a large fabric structure that rotates in segments around a central support frame, generating enough electricity as it moves to light the pavilion at night. This concept takes wind power to a whole new level.
5. SPINACH (i.e photosynthesis) 
Not just full of nutrients for your body, spinach also has the potential to nourish your house. The winning entry from the Cradle to Cradle House  competition proposed an amazing solar energy harvesting system based on photosynthesis, using a solar cell system whose main component for generating electricity is a protein called Photosystem I, which is derived from spinach.
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 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/07/16/top-5-weirdest-ways-to-power-your-home/
 kinetic energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/03/06/sustainable-dance-club/
 sound-power: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/06/06/sound-could-power-your-home/
 natural waste (yes, poo): http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/06/19/cow-power-how-methane-will-power-your-house/
 Dogs and even human waste: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/06/19/dog-poop-power-for-san-francisco/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/sustainableclub2.jpg
 Hong Kong’s human-powered gyms: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/03/08/human-powered-gyms-in-hong-kong/
 4. WIND-KINETICS: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/10/17/wind-shaped-pavilion/
 5. SPINACH (i.e photosynthesis): http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/06/21/spinach-powered-house/
 Cradle to Cradle House: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/07/30/c2c-home-first-cradle-to-cradle-house-underway/
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