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Kinetic Energy – Energy of motion with a sustainable commercial outcome.

I have recently discovered “6 Future Playgrounds That Harness Kids’ Energy While They Play”* and IBM’s list in 2011 of the five technologies it thinks will change the world in five years, with kinetic energy topping that list.

Discovering these articles has sparked a dormant interest in kinetic energy. But more specifically, an interest in what are the applications or what will be the potential applications based on Kinetic energy? This article provides a definition of kinetic energy and lists 3 potential applications with a commercial focus to allow the reader (and the author) time to further investigate advances in kinetic energy based technologies. I look forward to dialogue on this subject matter.

So what is Kinetic energy? In simple terms it is energy in – potential energy – energy out as illustrated in the figure below.


In more detail, Kinetic energy is energy of motion. The kinetic energy of an object is the energy it possesses because of its motion. The kinetic energy of a point mass m is given by:
























So, what are three potential advances?

1. Ocean wave energy converted into electricity;

2. Kinetic Energy Recovery System (already utilised in Formula One but what are its other applications e.g. bicycles?);

3. The human body as a kinetic energy platform?

I look forward to comments on this topic. The tag #investinkidsplay is also running on twitter by @glennlsmith to continue the discussion.


The views expressed here are the authors’ own and do not necessarily represent those of After the Words or any other associated group.

*Source: http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680066/6-future-playgrounds-that-harness-kids-energy-while-they-play#1
**Source: Georgia State University, <http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/ke.html>

About Glenn Smith

High growth business leader, independent management consultant & investment manager, board member, entrepreneur. An entrepreneurial leader/executive with >20 years experience in, and preference for, high growth enterprises capable of leaving a commercial and social legacy. Specialties: strategy, innovation, commercialisation and investment execution (venture capital /private equity). This successful executive career has been built around being involved in and/or growing businesses at all stages of the growth cycle (listed and private), from existence (start-ups), to survival ($1B). P.S. Impressario, esquire, bon vivant, viticulturist and oenologist.


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