Animal Power

Denmark hotel guests cycle for supper A hotel in Copenhagen is offering guests the chance to earn a free meal in return to peddling specially adapted bicycles to generate electricity.

Now, if humans can earn their supper this way, oxen and horses should be able to earn more, right? After all, they haul a lot more than us.

Well, this has already been demonstrated. Ox-driven generators! Basically, they convert muscular energy (technically known as animal draft power) to electric energy.

This non-conventional energy option has a power potential of some 38,000MW in rural India alone. And unlike solar energy, these oxen will continue to generate power even on a cloudy day. One hopes that they are treated humanely.

Animal power is sustainable and environmentally friendly

Animal power is a renewable energy source that can be sustained in rural areas with little external input. The use of animal power in mixed farming systems encourages crop-livestock integration and sustainable farming practices. Good animal health is a prerequisite for the success of animal traction. Hope these animals are treated humanely.


Written by maald

May 9, 2010 at 1:43 pm

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  1. It would indeed be good if animals weren’t ill-treated in the guise of harnessing power.


    May 11, 2010 at 3:06 pm

  2. I hope so..feel really frustrated when I see birds cooped up in little space without water or food, and horses and cattles being ridden with more load than they can carry.


    May 19, 2010 at 3:36 am

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