Jazams Energy Parklet May 2017 – October 2017: Learning through play
The Jazam’s interactive energy park was an in-town destination where families explored and participated in active energy creation–a learning place and a fun place utilizing a variety of energy generation technologies to inform us all of the importance of energy–a transformative place to help us see our world differently.
A series of rooms cascaded down the sloping roadway:
- Bike Room: Repurposed bicycles connected to generators powered a storefront display and some park lighting.
- Reading Room: A “community” library stocked with donated books from the Princeton Public Library for lending or reading on site in a comfortable bench.
- Game Room: tables and chairs with various games provided by Jazams for play.
- Engine Room: People power generated real energy to power parklet lights and fans. Water columns converted hand pumped water to electricity with micro-hydro generators. Hand-cranked forge blowers made the wind blow on micro-wind turbines mounted on the parklet roof structure.
- Sun Room: sit and rest here while the sun does the work of generating energy with PV panels mounted on the roof structure.
Behind the scenes, a battery storage system banked the energy generated to be used at various times to power: lights; mini- ceiling fans for cooling; and an active storefront toy display.
- NRG Energy, Inc.
- The Arts Council of Princeton
- Joseph Hobart Weiss, Architect
- Nassau Inn
- Princeton University: Dr. Forrest Meggers, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment