Filipino student's invention harvests energy from walking

Mylce Mella, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 08 2017 01:59 AM

A 14-year-old Filipino high school student invented a device that harvests energy from walking. Mylce Mella, ABS-CBN News

NAGA CITY - A device invented by a 14-year-old Filipino high school student harvests energy from simply walking.

Camarines Sur National High School Grade 10 student Modesto Remo Jr. invented the device that generates 6 watts of power from seven minutes of walking. 

The device is also Bluetooth-capable, which allows it to send information to a smart phone.

According to Remo, he had the idea to develop the device two years ago in a bid to find alternative sources of energy.

"Habang naglalakad tayo, 'yung energy is nawi-waste. Nag-come up ako doon sa device na what if ‘yung nawi-waste natin na energy ng katawan ay gamitin natin para maka generate tayo gamit ang device," Remo said.

(When we walk, we waste energy. I thought, why not convert wasted energy from the body to generate power using a device.)

Along with his coach Emmilyn Sepulvida, Remo developed the new device in four months.

He recommends the device to runners and hikers. He also has a design that is PWD-friendly.

Remo's invention was among the top three chosen at the National Science and technology Fair held in Tagaytay City in February.

As one of the three winners in the robotics and intelligent machines category, he joined the team that qualified for the Robotics Games Google Olympiad to be held in Japan.