Amsterdam’s citizens propose the idea of S-Park in a competition named “Clean Energy Challange.” It is a cycle rack that transforms energy stored in the cycle due to paddling. A lot of energy is produced while cycling. The idea behind this cycling rack is bringing that energy back home.
When it comes to producing green energy, Amsterdam has some impressive ambitions: by 2025, the city has vowed that 1/4 of its electricity will be generated sustainably. But solar panels are not allowed in the center, which is lined with museums and protected buildings. Other utilities, such as power substations and transformers, required for the transition, are way too large or simply too ugly to match. So, how can a city that can’t be transformed?
Everyone in the city will be given a unique front wheel that contains a battery to store energy due to paddling and applying breaks. At night, when everyone comes back home and park their cycles in S-Park, the stored energy will transform into electricity. The energy obtained from cycling is enough to power the house appliances.
S-PARK is a re-imagined cycle rack. It converts the energy that people generate on their bikes into power for their own community.
How is S-PARK working? Just easy. A special front wheel is given to any neighbor. When installed, it stores in batteries the energy produced during cycling and braking. And as someone returns home and parks their bikes at the end of the day, the energy is then redistributed into the electrical supply of the area, supplying enough renewable electricity to fuel all the surrounding streetlights, to play video games, or to fuel a full-day refrigerator.
Guillaume Roukhomovsky and Blaž Verhnjak propose the design of this idea. They are hopeful to apply practically the idea of S-Park until 2025. This is a great step towards a clean environment, and it is a great initiative.