When it comes to alternative energy, humans usually look outisde themselves– to the sun, wind, or ocean–for a source of sustainable power.
One Swedish company decided to turn their search inward by creating technology that can channel the heat generated by the human body into a power-producing resource.
Jernhusen, a real estate company in Stockholm, has found a way to channel the body heat from the hordes of commuters passing through Stockholm’s Central Station to warm another building that is just across the road.
Engineers use heating exchangers to convert the Station’s trapped body heat into hot water and then pump that water to an office building next door, providing it with environmentally-friendly and cost effective heating.
It is reported that this process can reduce a building’s energy costs by up to 25 percent.
Learn more about this hot idea in the BBC News clip below:
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