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Most recent answer: 09/21/2010
Q:
With today's technology how much electric power could the average human generate over a one hour period using mechanical means, i.e. high geared stationary bike or some other like device?
- Thomas Michael King (age 55)
Conroe, Texas USA
A:
The technology for converting mechanical power to electrical power (electrical generators) is very efficient. Therefore the limit is just how much power a person can generate. I've seen numbers like 100 to 300 Watts for generators hooked up to bicycles. The range of powers comes from the range of people, not devices.

Mike W.

(published on 09/21/2010)

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