Sustainable film and the pedal-powered cinema

A lot of energy must be used to create the cinema experience we all enjoy today.

With the future of film becoming more immersive we can anticipate cinemas consuming more and more electricity. However, an Australian high-school launched an initiative that bucks the trend. Melbourne Girls’ College hosted the only carbon-neutral, human powered Moonlight Cinema.

Part of Australia’s Sustainable Living Festival that ran in February this year, over 200 students pedalled for up to 10 hours in groups of for on stationary bicycles to power up the school’s annual carbon-neutral, human-powered cinema.

Alongside the Pedal Powered Cinema, the school is seeking donations to contribute towards the funding for solar panels to put on the building; the 67kWh of solar power will contribute to the existing 33kWh solar photovoltaic system that, together with grid-connected human pedal and rowing generators, a wind-turbine and micro-generator, produces 45% of the school’s energy needs – approximately 50,000 kilowatt-hours annually.

We are certainly impressed! To watch the girls in action, click here.

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