Find new sources of energy for sustainable cities. How can technology help us produce and recycle energy for a sustainable future?
_ Approach & Solution
Mergy is a technological device that uses the principle of the dynamo to harness kinetic energy produced by people, stores it and then recycles it, a device developed mainly for use at festivals. It’s an innovative technological solution that promotes energy self-sufficiency. In practice, the ingenious idea takes the form of a flooring made up of large ceramic tiles (about 10m square) strategically placed close to the stage to capture the kinetic energy produced by the crowd. Part of this energy would be recycled on site and feed into a local smart grid.
A Miniature Prototype to Introduce Mergy in a Fun Way. Before field trials begin, Mergy has come up with a collaborative game in which six players are tasked with recovering energy during a festival. The game takes place on a large (1m x 60 cm) board representing the festival site and involves suggesting an initial layout and then making strategic choices based on instructions contained in a book in which the players are the heroes. The aim, depending on the route followed by the players, is to produce the maximum amount of energy to power the festival lighting. The players start the game by placing different paper modules on the board: a big top, tents, a bar, trucks… before letting themselves be guided by the options set out in the book.The best route is the one that solves the problem of finding the most efficient lighting system! A gauge measures the amount of energy produced and shows the force level of the teams playing.
The collaborative game will be proposed to the French Department of Education and to festival organizers.