Holland's Revolving Door, Using Technology to Combat Climate Change
When it comes to climate change Holland has always been at the top of things. Holland has been one of the leader countries in wind power for centuries. Holland, which is severely impacted by climate change and has over a quarter of the country below sea level, is now transforming revolving doors into an energy generators.
Well, it would seem that this forward thinking country is ahead of the game once again. A new restaurant situated at the train station in the town of Zeist has been working with the design company Rau in order to reduce their carbon footprint. They’ve come up with an innovative idea in the form of a power generation system fuelled by their own customers - They have installed a generator in their revolving door which converts the energy of people passing through into electricity. Each time you pass through the door you generate enough power to make a cup of coffee. The owners estimate that the door will generate approximately 4600 KWH per year. They are also investing in other ways to reduce their energy requirements such as a special low energy cooling system, a sun collector, and of course the obligatory Dutch windmill.
What an excellent idea. One restaurant with a revolving door won't make a huge difference in the world, however imagine if these same doors were installed around the world in busy subway stations or other public places that filter lots of movement. The potential for these new energy generating revolving doors is enormous.
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