The next generation of Fit for Green is continuing to inch forward. We’ve completed equipment selection including the Android hardware shown in the picture, as opposed to the open-frame beta ones shown in previous posts. We also have the initial equipment that will be used along with it; an upright bike and a lateral trainer from a company called Helix. Over the coming weeks we hope to post some video of the prototype build out for a multi-unit Fit for Green install. By the end of the year the goal is to have a fully tested prototype that can be deployed and validated in a commercial gym.
I had the pleasure of speaking to with Mike Taggett, the President of Hyman Dynamo, earlier this week. Human Dynamo is headquartered in Hurricane Utah. Mike like all of the other innovators in this space, shares our passion for fitness-generated electricity. Over the years Mike has designed several different machines including; Rocket Chair, Team Dynamo, and FireWheel. There is plenty of information available about these machines on his website. His most recent work has been around trying to tie electricity from the machine directly into the grid Read more
SportsArt, a gym equipment manufacturer out of Tainan City, Taiwan, is a pioneer in the world of Fitness-generated electricity. Their system, built around their own line of gym floor equipment, is a first of its kind. Customer can add any mixture of elliptical trainers, incumbent bikes, or upright bikes to a single electric generating system. A single system will support up to 10 pieces of equipment. Read more
Rhymebus, a company out of Taichung City, Taiwan, is a manufacturer of electronic components for leading gym cardio equipment. Today they are primarily focused on AC Motor Drives for Treadmills but what they have on the horizon is what interests us most. Read more
The Green Revolution is a cardio equipment retrofit company out of Ridgefield Connecticut. They retrofit spin bikes so that the bikes can create DC power. They then feed that DC power into a central grid-tied inverter so that the created energy can be converted into utility grade electricity and consumed by the gym utilities in order to reduce the gyms power consumption from their utility company. The Green Revolution is unlike the ReRev solution in that it has a mechanical element that is used to convert the kinetic energy from the flywheel of the spin bike into electricity. Read more
When Fit for Green began one of the first things on the agenda was to do all the research we could on leaders in the space and very quickly we found and focused on ReRev. ReRev is at the top in terms of number of fitness-generated electricity installations, solution feasibility, and media attention. They are an innovator and the leader in the US market. Because of this our first ever Fit for Green business trip was to meet with Hudson Harr and team at ReRev in St. Petersburg Florida. Read more