See-Saw Power

A UK University student has won £5,500 in funding for a see-saw which can be used to generate power in African schools.

Daniel Sheridan, a consumer product design student at the Coventry University, has created a playground see-saw which converts energy, from children playing on the device, which can then be used to power lighting in the African classroom.

The up and down movement generates power which is sent to an electrical storage unit via an underground cable.

Daniel has calculated that 5 to 10 minutes use of the see-saw could generate enough electricity to light a classroom for an evening.

[ Via: BBC News ]