Friday, January 11, 2008

Personal Commuter

Ja, They’re Hot To Trot

A Swedish company plans to harness the body heat generated by 250,000 commuters scrambling for trains at Stockholm's Central Station and use it to heat a nearby office building. Real estate firm Jernhusen AB says the system will provide about 15 per cent of the heating needed for the 13-storey building. Large ventilators will suck in the warm air and heat up water, which will be transmitted through pipes to the building.

FOOTNOTE: Cold comfort indeed.

12 comments:

Janice Thomson said...

Well that's a unique idea!
Loved the 'footnote' :)

Sandy Carlson said...

Wouldn't it be marvelous to get a rebate for being one of those commuters!

Hammer said...

Isn't that robbing peter to pay paul?

Daisy said...

that's an interesting way to solve energy problems. but yes, it is kind-of strange.

thanks for visiting my blog, by the way! :)

Ms. Tuesday said...

is this true? It doesnt seem possible? Body heat is 98F degrees... water boils at 212F...

leslie said...

Seems awfully strange, but maybe they can do it. *shrug*

Merisi said...

Imagine the possibilities! Take the Tokyo subway where they stack people in like sardines. The heat generated there must come close to temperatures on Mercury. ;-)

Julie said...

Phew - brings the Matrix one step closer doesn't it!! (I initially mis-read commuters as computers which might be another seminal idea...)

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

eeewww, all that sweat pumping through to your office!

captain corky said...

I hope they're going to include a little air fresher in the system. Sheesh!

imac said...

What a good idea.
Wonder what % all the lovers of the world would generate:):).

San said...

Here in the southwest, some of our houses are of the "passive solar" design. This new method, if it catches on, what will they call it?