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Generate energy whilst pedaling to stay fit

Posted by Charles Clerck (Admin) Feb 27, 2019

When Bongajum Lesley Ndzi, an entrepreneur, started the Bonga Juice Bar, his promise of fresh juice to his clients was often frustrated by frequent power cuts. Bonga found the solution to this challenge while exercising to stay fit and avoid lifestyle diseases that had plagued members of his family. Having realised that he could convert the mechanical energy generated while pedaling into electricity, he successfully built a working prototype using abandoned car, motorcycle and bicycle parts from around his neighbourhood.

His idea - The Bonga Power Bike - converts mechanical energy generated when pedaling into electrical energy and stores it in a battery. This can then be used for lighting, charging phones, power fans and energy saving television among other things. Pedaling the bike for 30 minutes produces electricity that will light 7 light bulbs for 12 hours, charge phones, turn on a fan, and power television, giving users the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and supplying their energy needs.

The Bonga Power Bike has since won several awards including the NEXT GEN in the Franchising Global Competition, the GAIA AgTech Innovation Challenge, and most recently the 2019 African Youth Energy Innovation award.

 

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Cyril France says... Feb 28, 2019

Very inspiring, energy innovation is a catalyst for economic growth & sustainable environment.

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