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Power Plants harness the unlimited amount of potential energy within the human body to power the future of electric mobility. The shift from fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy is coming at a time when two-thirds of the world’s population will live in a city by 2050. A major issue will become how best to provide enough safe, affordable, and efficient clean energy to people in these cities during this transition. We’ve made progress towards the possibility of a future powered by renewable energy produced on-site with the availability of solar panels and wind turbines - but what about the people who live in climates that don’t receive much sun? Or city-dwellers where wind collection is impractical? Before there is a seamless public charging station network across the US to power the inevitable future of mobility dominated by electric vehicles, many people will have to rely on a scattered network of EV docks placed at select grocery stores and workplaces to charge their vehicles while they work and shop. This doesn’t account for the millions of people who will be living and working in legacy buildings without a charging amenity, and those who can’t afford to shop at establishments with them. The Power Plant reformats the idea of a fitness center into a solution for sustainable on-site energy production. Each workout machine acts as a node transforming the kinetic energy generated during a workout into the power supply for the EV charing docks outside. The charging station incentivizes a healthy active lifestyle for community members by subsidizing or completely offsetting the cost to charge their electric vehicles. While each station is also outfitted with solar panels to fuel the charging station during sunny days, human-generated energy can be produced day or night regardless of weather. This case study transforms a hundred year old filling station in Detroit that still stands in the center of a rapidly growing neighborhood. Stations like these were common at most street corners in the Motor City, and acted as neighborhood beacons of the fossil-fueled mobility revolution at the turn of the Century. Now that the narrative is evolving towards one of electric autonomy, these stations and their modern counterparts also have the potential to evolve into equally prominent fixtures within a sustainable electric future.
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