Electrical energy from human hands: A positive story

Electrical energy from human hands: A positive story
Humans produce enormous quantities of energy, which in turn fuels our day-to-day activities, but could those actions be able to run the electronic devices that we rely upon?

A young innovator from Chennai has come forward with a novel concept in banking up this energy and using this to run small gadgets on the electricity provided by humans. Shantanu Amol Vidwans, a Senior Secondary student, claims that, the energy source involved in creating electricity in the human body is chemical. Thus, the energy created by chemicals is with the composition of the atoms and molecules present in the body. All the elements that the human body takes in, such as oxygen, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, etc. have a specific electrical charge, which in other words means that they have a specific number of electrons and protons. Since different chemicals are made up of different molecules, the way each molecule is bound together, and how it reacts to other molecules near it, produces a good source of energy. Thus, all of those molecules and elements have a great potential to create electrical impulses, depending on the situations within a specific body system at a particular time. The electrolytes crossing the cell membranes creating electrical discharges is only one of the countless ways; the body uses the food that we consume to create energy and power to do work.

But when exploring on how the human body actually creates electricity, Shantanu feels it to be just simple biochemistry, which he also likes to describe as GREEN ENERGY. The human hands contain a thin film of sweat that produces a chemical reaction similar to battery acid when placed on the metal plates. The hands could thus take the negatively charged electrons away from the metal plate (copper) and transfer them to the metal plate (aluminium) causing it to be negatively charged. He proposes that, this variance in charges between the plates could produce an electrical current that flows through a human volunteer’s body and displays on a meter; the electricity thus produced can be used for various applications, such as

1. Charging wristwatches, cell phones, torches and gaming modules
2. Human SOS and Survival Radio
3. Community Sustainable Smart Flooring

When Shantanu demonstrated this innovative concept at the BioAsia 2015 conference platform held at Hyderabad from February 2-4 2015, he was very much appreciated by all the higher officials from various reputed organisations.

This concept being a safe and renewable initiative which just uses human beings as raw materials can be characterised as a “clean”, “green” and mostly sustainable source of energy. Hence, this young mind’s innovation to generate energy, if scaled up and implemented on a larger platform, could play a great potential and critical role in India’s energy generation for catering the needs of modern age where most of the daily activities are dependent on electricity at a very large scale.

How to cite this article:
Deepa Mary Stanly. Electrical energy from human hands: A positive story. BioLim O-Media. 25 June, 2017. 5(6).
Available from: http://www.biolim.com/read/BOMA0272.