In today’s society humans need energy, and over time many sources have been established to keep up with the current standard of living. Usually these include the familiar natural gas, oil, coal, and even nuclear energy sources. These sources are quickly being used up and cannot be recreated. Thus, we have begun searching for ways to utilize renewable energy from the natural forces of wind, water, solar power, geothermal energy, and biomass.
In an article by Jill Fehrenbacher, titled “Charge Your Cellphone Just By Moving – With M2E Kinetic Power,” the idea of a kinetic microgenerator is presented by a company called M2E (Motion 2 Energy). The problem being addressed is the large environmental footprint left by the charging of cellphones. Because of the diversity of cellphone types, excessive amounts of plastic cords and gadgets are produced for each model. When plugged into a wall, charging adapters suck up a large amount of energy. Cellphone batteries tend to contain 30-40% of toxic heavy matals. In addition, it is very easy to lose a charger or to forget to charge your phone while traveling.
M2E attempts to lower the environmental impact of cellphone production and recharging, and make charging a phone more convenient for the user. M2E has developed a technology which converts the kinetic energy from minor movement into an electrical charge to power mobile communication devices. This will allow even the slightest jostling movement to provide a significant charge.
Other alternative energy initiatives:
VIDEO: Portable Renewable Energy