A Self-Powered Bike Factory


by Byron on Aug 02, 2007 at 11:07 AM

From a Pop-Sci article there’s a case study on Ellsworth Bikes’ self-powered factory.

“A geothermal system heats and cools the building, and electricity is provided by rooftop solar cells, which feed excess energy back into the local electricity grid to be credited at full retail value. “

With the bonus of, “… watching the electric meter run backward.”


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Small scale geothermal in San Diego? I know of megawatt projects in the Imperial Valley, but didn’t know it was possible on the scale of a small company.

Pretty cool and we’ll check it out during a visit in a couple weeks.

very interesting stuff there. i’m running a project based on sustainable bicycle production. if anyone’s got any litereature, satistics or annecdotes i could include, it would be appreciated!