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culinarydoctor Expert 77 posts since
Oct 31, 2007
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Dec 20, 2007 8:19 AM

Eco Friendly Boat Powered By Human Fat!

 

Saw on the news this story about Pete Bethune's boat.  Biodeisel

that will be raced running off the owner's body fat, which has been removed by

liposuction.  Hope that he didn't

come up with this idea just to be able to gorge himself before going on

a voyage.  It is a cool idea, but how about this. 

 

 

A while

ago I thought to myself; what if I could build an electro-static

generator attached to a fitness station, so that every rowing stroke,

every mile on the cabin stationary bicycle, and every repetition with

the cable cross could be converted into storage energy?  Some Jules Verns science fiction, but then again, tell a sailor 50 years ago that one day a boat will be driven by adipose tissue and it sounds impossible too.

 

 

 

  • saraallent Active.com Staff 1,094 posts since
    Oct 2, 2007
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    1. Dec 27, 2007 2:53 PM (in response to culinarydoctor)
    Re: Eco Friendly Boat Powered By Human Fat!

    That's awesome. I can't believe he ran his boat on body fat, let alone his own. Pretty cool. Also sounds like you have an interesting idea up your sleeve. It just might work and then maybe I'll be posting about an article I read about this guy who created storage energy from a fitness station. Can I claim I knew you when...??

  • Graysailor Rookie 1 posts since
    Apr 25, 2008
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    3. Apr 25, 2008 7:30 AM (in response to culinarydoctor)
    Re: Eco Friendly Boat Powered By Human Fat!

    BIg deal. Here is a photo of a super eco friendly boat that can go almost anywhere - very shallow draft, costs under $500, and that almost anyone can use. Plus I'd imagine pirates would ignore it.!Rowboat.jpg!

  • ActiveAlan Amateur 19 posts since
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    5. May 6, 2008 10:53 PM (in response to culinarydoctor)
    Re: Eco Friendly Boat Powered By Human Fat!

     

    I think I'll stick with the standard WAVE POWERED boat....get a load of this:

     

     

     

     

    You can read the history of the boat here: Treehugger.com

     

     

  • saraallent Active.com Staff 1,094 posts since
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    6. May 7, 2008 6:36 AM (in response to ActiveAlan)
    Re: Eco Friendly Boat Powered By Human Fat!

    That's pretty sweet. Interesting how it works. It transfers the waves into power like a "dolphin kick". Incredible!! Also, seems much easier then using your own body fat to power it.

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