The Crowd Farm is a project conceived by MIT students Tad Juscyzk and James Graham and announced at the Holcim Forum 2007 awards ceremony. The goal of the project is to convert the energy of man The design began for Graham experiencing the 2003 New York City blackout and Juscyzk attending Boston’s World Cup celebration in City Hall Plaza, by Thomas Edison. water in his holding tank, “says Graham .. Examples of locations generating large quantities of human movement are commuters in a train station or fans at a concert.
The idea of a Crowd Farm would be like this: Boston’s South Station railway terminal would have a responsive sub-flooring system made up of depressed blocks that would be installed beneath the station’s main lobby. The slippage of the blocks against the other side of the earth, which is a part of the dynamo, a device that converts the energy of motion into that of an electric current. The electric current generated by the Crowd Farm could be used for energy purposes. Jusczyk stated that people should understand the relationship between their movement and the energy produced. A single human step can only power two 60W light bulb for one flickering second, A crowd in motion (Boston South station is an estimated 28,527 steps) and the result is enough energy to power a moving train for one second. Initial Test The students tested the Venice Biennial, a train station in Torino, Italy. This is because of a spin-off to a spin, which powers a dynamo that, in turn, lights LEDs.
Juscyzk and Graham anticipates the system being implemented in a modern, energy conscious building, or to encourage individuals to become less sedentary because of the technology benefits (avid users of bicycles for transportation).