Manoj Bhargava was born in Lucknow in 1953, and moved to the US in 1967, at the age of fourteen. He joined Princeton University, but dropped out after a year. He returned to India and lived as a monk in an ashram for twelve years. He is a metro Detroit resident since 1997, is the narrator and central figure in the film, which pegs his net worth at $4 billion and says he plans to give 99% of it to charity!
He started a consumer Products Company called Living Essentials and launched an energy drink called 5-hour Energy. In eight years, the product went to $1 billion in retail sales. He became a billionaire almost overnight thanks to those little energy-infused shots.
Billionaire Manoj Bhargava demonstrates how the “free electric bicylce” generates and stores electricity at the lab in Famington Hills, Michigan
(Image credit: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Kimberly P. Mitchell/DFP)
How do we get electricity to the world’s poor without pushing into climate catastrophe? Human kinetic energy can be transferred in a number of ways and could be used as a renewable and clean source of energy. Human energy is most commonly used to propel bicycles, but can also be used to generate electricity and power hand-crank tools. Some third world organizations are implementing human powered technologies to generate electricity to power computers and other appliances.
Manoj Bhargava invented a stationary bike which uses human kinetic energy for generating the house-hold electricity in rural areas. He wants to power the remote Indian villages through stationery bike pedaling. He’s starting with a plan to bring a special kind of stationary bike to impoverished regions, one that converts human energy into electricity capable of lighting an entire household.
Billions in Change Official Trailer 2015 – Manoj Bhargava (Source: YouTube)
He also plans to distribute 10,000 stationary bikes to India in a bid to provide electricity to millions of homes. By 2016, Manoj Bhargava plans to test the first 50 bikes in 15 or 20 small villages in Uttarakhand, before larger distribution of the bikes. According to Bhargava, the bikes will keep lights and basic appliances going for an entire day with just one hour of pedalling. He says they’ll be made in India but doesn’t give details,” reports Wendy Koch in the National Geographic.
The bikes were developed by Bhargava’s Stage 2 Innovations lab in Farmington, Michigan. They cost about $100 apiece, and work by spinning a turbine to create electricity that’s stored in a built-in battery, Bhargava funded the lab after signing the Giving Pledge created by billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, who have collected promises from nearly 140 wealthy families pledging to donate 99% of their millions to charity, as reported Good News Network
Billions in Change Official Film (Source: YouTube)
After making billions from the sale of an Energy Drink, Manoj Bhargava wants to solve the world’s problems of power, water and the overuse of fossil fuels. The low-profile billionaire has a high tech lab in Michigan. Among the projects it’s working on are a device that functions as an auxiliary heart by squeezing blood from the legs into the body’s core and a device that will convert 1,000 gallons an hour, of any kind of water, into drinkable water. He also wants to utilize clean geothermal energy to satisfy our energy requirement.