Biking for Energy Challenge is a quest to affordable and modern energy off-grid for the less advantaged around the world.
Participants produce kinetic energy by riding a bicycle with an energy storage battery for at least an hour.
Kinetic energy from riding absorbs, converts, and stores as electricity with state-of-the-art technology.
Over 1.3 billion people around the world still have no access to electricity and on top 2.7 billion who can barely access electricity. Poor access to energy negatively impacts human wellbeing, economic development and poverty alleviation.
Medical operations and life support services can hardly be carried out without a reliable energy source, leading to a loss of lives. Industrialisation or scalability of businesses is not possible without affordable and modern energy, slowing down economic development. Commercial activities, education and technological advancement would be much hindered without electricity as the basic infrastructure, all of which are key to combat poverty.
The 2030 Agenda for United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in 2015 is the latest attempt, as aligned by all 193 member countries of the UN, to bring about specific measures (17 goals and 169 targets) and one of the goals is SDG 7, Affordable and Clean Energy.
However, accessing energy is a crucial, yet complex issue for less developed areas because of the extensive infrastructure involved, the technology required, and potential carbon emission (SDG 13). A sustainable future is built by all who work for, buy from, invest in, learn from, teach about, or support businesses striving to create shared and durable prosperity for everyone.
How might we support the 1.3 billion people with affordable and clean energy in our city?
The energy storage batteries are a valuable gift for participants in areas that have limited access to electricity.
Biking as renewable energy sources minimizes negative impact on the environment, especially beneficial for those regions with limited access to electricity.
For participants that can readily access electricity, the battery serves as a little motivation for maintaining health (SDG 3), energy converted can recharge their smartphones.