New technology in workout equipment to generate electricity

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CARMEL, Ind. (WISH)-The Monon Community Center plans to use members’ energy to generate electricity.

Tuesday afternoon, the Community Center was busy with people working out.

“I like to burn the calories, get the heart beat moving,” said Shane Thompson.

Some people use all the machines; Diane Prior has her favorite.

“As far as equipment, I love the elliptical,” she said.

It’s the Elliptical machine that will soon change the way some here workout.”

Michael Klitzing is the Chief Operating Officer for Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation. He said they will soon add ReRev technology to 12 Elliptical machines at the center to help generate electricity.

“It just helps us save a little bit of dollars to keep our expenses a little bit less and allows us to remain affordable,” he said.

Every stride a person takes on an elliptical, they are generating about a kilowatt an hour of electricity every two days. So, you’re losing calories and generating electricity for the community center.

Installing the system on 12 units will cost $12,000. The unit will look similar to this power strip in front of the machines. Klitzing said the system converts energy and sends a current to their electrical system.

“We’re anticipating that we’re going to receive about $6,400 in energy savings over the course of a year, so the pay back is less than two years which for any business is not a bad pay back at all,” he said.

Thompson thinks the idea is brilliant.

“That’s great; plus it’s got a TV, it will help pay for that as well,” he said.

Thompson is not alone.

“It’s a win-win situation; it’s something they are already doing and it’s a way that we can create energy where right now it’s going nowhere,” Klitzing said.

The system won’t be installed until November. Klitzing said they are hoping it’s so successful, they’re able to install it on all of their cardio machines, but right now they are only starting with the 12 units first.

Carmel-Clay Schools also heard about the technology and they may become the first school system in the state to use it too.

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