The idea behind AMEP is to produce electricity via our daily sporting activities in order to raise awareness about individuals’ ability to reclaim ownership of energy production.
AMEP is developing a strategy to establish short energy distribution circuits. The idea is to favour direct and distributed relationships between citizens and energy by developing solutions to facilitate local and sustainable energy production.
AMEP allows people to take part in their building’s, neighbourhood’s, or city’s energy system. Sporting activities are thus transformed into a collective form of solidarity energy.
There is a lot of work to be done before dynamo bicycles can be used to power entire buildings—but Linux wasn’t coded in a day either! The idea behind AMEP started off small, very small in fact, with a device capable of recharging a telephone. Sharing the plans, building a second more powerful, less expensive version, and sharing the plans again. The idea is to encourage knowledge and skill sharing so that it will become easier and easier to build AMEP and to produce electricity.
This project came out of a conference on Open-Source organized by the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle. The triggering factor is simple: everyday, a huge amount of athletic energy is released in the form of heat—and sweat ☺. This represents a source of calories that could be harnessed and transformed into watts to recharge phones or to power low energy light bulbs. This is equally true in the case of the sun, wind, organic waste, rain, and other sources of clean energy that are readily available in large quantities and need only be harnessed. Hence, the motivation behind AMEP’s broader reflection on the democratization of clean energy on a local scale through the OPEN SOURCE ENERGY project:
AMEP’s business model is quite simple. The idea is to distribute the plans for building AMEP devices through free and open-source licenses (Creative Commons CC-BY-SA) so that anyone interested can build his or her own device. Less handy types can buy pre-assembled AMEP devices or kits for assembling them at home. In addition, paid workshops will be offered on how to build your own electro-sporting devices.