Nowadays, city bikes became a part of public transportation, according to academic research, the main candidate for the next evolution of bike sharing programs is to involve an electrically motorized bicycle, which will defeat two out of the top five reasons why people do not use BSPs in the first place. The challenge here is to come up with a integrated solution that supports the use of BSP by making the solution more convenient to use, while at the same time making the solution economically and environmentally sustainable for the solution provider.
The idea is to take the advantage of the continuous movement of city bikes by placing generators on the bike, storing the generated energy in battery then transferring this energy to the grid via docking stations. The stored energy could be used for e.g. street lightning, street commercials, etc. This offers the grid a continuous environmentally friendly source of energy.
Our suggestion can be broken down to three parts
- The bike: The Bike includes a Power Generating Element (Dynamo/Generator) that is connected to a storage element (Battery) and a micro controller to regulate, de-couple and re-couple the generator depending on the level of the battery.
- The Station: Similar to the Tesla Wall, The Station includes a large power storage unit that stores the energy to be used by the grid whenever its most needed, With a sophisticated micro-controller to help to regulate moving the energy from the bikes to the station’s battery, as well as determining the rate of discharge and a locking mechanism that helps with securing bikes
- The Software: A software will be developed to accompany the bike and docking station, the app grants large degree of control to the user, granting them an access to a comprehensive journeys details history, profile status, and several other benefits that can be included once sponsors and stake holders are identified.
The user benefits
Depending on the business model, the solution can be offered to users for a very low subscription price or even for free if enough electricity is generated.
The idea promotes a cleaner way of transportation by not only reducing the need for conventional fossil fuel powered automobile, but also, by harnessing some of the energy generated when people bike from one place to another, the user gets a very good alternative to become part of the solution against climate change.