CSIRO will today launch a massive eight-person energy generating swing at one of the nation’s most prominent locations to kick start a conversation about energy sustainability in Australia.
During November, thousands of Australians will hop on the swing and see their movements turned into energy to power a stunning light and sound installation.
Each swing powers a light above its seat and an original ambient music composition that changes with the speed and strength of your swinging. When all eight seats are in motion the word ‘INFINITY’ is illuminated.
The Infinity Swing will be opened at Customs House Square in Sydney from 2pm today until 8 November before heading to Federation Square in Melbourne from 16 to 21 November.
CSIRO research director, Glenn Platt, said the Infinity Swing aims to spark a conversation about how energy can be sustainable and affordable for every Australian now and into the future.
“As the swing shows, energy isn’t easy to generate – just look at how hard you need to swing to light up a letter,” Dr Platt said.
“Energy isn’t frivolous and it isn’t free, so the challenge for Australia is how to keep energy affordable and available while protecting our planet.
“CSIRO has got some of the brightest minds in the country developing solutions to this challenge, and the good news is that they don’t involve cold showers, warm beer or other dramatic changes to people’s lifestyles.
“The answer lies with innovation, and it’s at the heart of what we do.”
Energy sustainability is one of the greatest challenges facing the world.
Cost, electricity demand, emergence of new technologies and environmental imperatives will all have an impact on how our energy is sourced in the future.
“Getting the energy mix right is an opportunity for Australia,” CSIRO Executive Director Dr Alex Wonhas said.
“The CSIRO Infinity Swing is about starting this discussion and showing the community how science and technology has a key role to play in developing smart energy efficient solutions.
“These technologies are allowing people in Australia to continue to do the things that they love, but with greater comfort, more affordability and less emissions.”
The CSIRO Infinity Swing will be open to the community for free from 7:30am to 10:00pm on weekdays and from 10am to 10:00pm on weekends.
Representatives from CSIRO will be on hand to discuss their ongoing energy research.