Ever trekked through a crowded airport only to discover that every electrical socket at your terminal was occupied? Tremont Electric’s patented nPower® Personal Energy Generator (PEG) hopes to eliminate this hassle. Aaron LeMieux started the Green Plus Certified business in the basement of his home five years ago. Named after the historic Tremont Neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, Tremont Electric markets what it calls the “world’s first passive kinetic energy charger for personal hand-held electronic[s]”.
The cylindricalPEG device, which can be attached to a backpack or stored in a briefcase, stores and exchanges the kinetic energy created when a person walks or bikes into passive kinetic energy. The stored energy becomes active when a hand-held electronic device is plugged in the PEG. Currently, the PEG is designed to support most 3G and 4G smart phones, laptops, iPods/iPads, Mp3 players, and GPS systems. Also, 80% percent of materials are sourced locally. Using locally sourced materials reduces the accumulation of carbon emissions associated with shipping and supports Cleveland’s local economy.
Tremont Electric has received significant media coverage for its green innovation. The PEG device was crowned one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “100 Brilliant Inventions” of 2011 and Tremont Electric as one of Fast Company’s “10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics” of 2011. Now in its fifth year, Tremont Electric has grown from two to seven employees. The next phase in the growth of the company will be the marketing of refurbished PEGs. Soon customers will be able to return old, damaged, and otherwise non-functional PEGs, which the company’s team of engineers will retrofit and resell.