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A growing number of American gyms are connecting their exercise machines to the power grid
University campuses and exercise clubs are making use of new green technology which allows the momentum from running and walking machines to be converted into voltage.
The amount of power produced by these human hamsters is small but supporters say it is a valuable educational device.
Splitting the $14,000 cost with the local utility, Eugene Water and Electric Board, the school has retrofitted 20 Precor elliptical machines to generate electricity using technology from ReRev.com of St. Petersburg, Fla. The power from each machine in the Student Recreation Center goes through a converter that turns DC into AC, and a meter to keep track before it flows into the grid.