This playground--designed by Hyundai engineering and construction--is part jungle gym and part renewable energy science experiment. After climbing a ladder into a laboratory, kids can spin a wheel that will illuminate “Benjamin Franklin’s kite.” An optical illusion will spin at varying speeds as children adjust a solar panel to different angles. Pedaling a bicycle powers a pinwheel and illuminates lights around the structure. Hyundai calls this the “Natural Energy Park” and it looks like a lot of fun.
Mixing fun and helping people, [url=(http://www.empowerplaygrounds.org]Empower Playgrounds is a non-profit organization that provides electricity-generating
playground equipment to villages in Ghana that are too remote to be on their nation’s electricity grid. The school children gain a playground as well as safe, rechargeable LED lanterns to light their homes so they can do their homework. Additionally, the play equipment doubles as part of a hands-on science lab that brings science concepts into their daily lives.
Giraffe Street Lamps
A mix of a streetlight, a swing and a giraffe, this conceptual project harnesses the kinetic energy produced each time someone swings back and forth on its seat to power a super-efficient LED light. As a backup to the kinetic energy supplied by people, the Giraffe uses an elevated solar panel hood to soak up the solar variety, storing it in a battery for later use.