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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.

https://i0.wp.com/www.petervaldivia.com/technology/energy/image/potencial-and-kinetic.bmp

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.

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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>

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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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