Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Ball You Kick Twice

Tackling climate change is too important to leave to politicians! It's a job for the inventors, the innovators, the radical optimists. Because of them, the clean energy revolution is already underway, in big ways and small. I stumbled across this amazing idea, and I wanted to share it with you.

Meet the Soccket, a "fun, portable energy-harvesting energy source in the form of a soccer ball". That's right – it is a football that captures the energy of each kick, throw or header to be reused later as a tiny power generator. For each 15 minutes of play, it generates enough energy to power an LED light for three hours.

The Soccket has been trialed successfully in Durban, South Africa – home to this year's Soccer World Cup, as well as to millions of young people who love nothing more than to kick a ball around, often in communities with not enough safe, reliable sources of energy. The inventors see it as a community builder and public health tool as well as being, well, a soccer ball. They plan to develop a high-end version for sale in the US and Europe. An inspired and inspiring idea!

1 comment:

Elle Fagan said...

I like the Soccket idea, for more than one reason:

I am 62 and with plenty of SciTech in my background ( and foreground ), but I keep getting a feeling of uneasiness, when "Zero Footprint" is brought to my attention - conserving and restoring our resources is VERY important, but then we seem to go too far, until the feeling is self-annihilating to humans - SCARY !

But with concepts like Soccket, as we make our footprints "kickprints" we get into positive action - a basic "fine for life" thing.

With Soccket, we do better than reduce-the-use - we GENERATE, safely, more of what we use!

This "works" , as the artist says, psychologically, for a happy-quality-of-life feeling and offsets the restrictive aspects of "Going Green".

More! As you said, solutions to our problems come from such innovation! More!

And , as always, thank you so much for this fine bit of news, Kevin Roberts!


p.s. Now, if they will only do the escape pods for the Skyscrapers and Planes!