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Inlet-Outlet Lets You Give Back Energy to the Grid

It’s hard not to continue coverage of the Greener Gadgets Design Competition with so many great entries. The most recent gadget to catch my eye is the Inlet-Outlet, which grants easy access to good Samaritan-hood by letting you give power back to the grid.

The device’s creators speculate that adapter kits could be sold to make common household appliances into inlet-ready devices. For example, an inlet could be placed behind your refrigerator to capture excess heat and convert it into electricity.

The inlet could also work in commercial settings— a gym could pair each electrical bike with an inlet and become a mini-power plant.

If every household had an inlet and consumers were given some sort of incentive to use it, imagine how much extra energy could be generated.

Photo Credit: Greener Gadgets Design Competition

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