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K-Tor Hand Crank Generator.

                  I found the K-Tor Generator while looking for a cheap generator for a project I’m designing. You can buy these on Ebay for about $30. In a video, the creator states … Continue reading

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Pulling Geothermal Pipe. It’s a dirty job.. but at least someone is doing it.

One of the biggest challenges of micro hydro installations is getting all the plumbing in place. Here’s an installation of a 4″ HDPE Penstock (pipe). Delivered to site in 20′ lengths. A team works to pull the penstock 20′ at … Continue reading

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Using Water Pumps to Make Watts

This Micro Hydro installation uses Pumps as Turbines and 3 phase Motors as single phase Generators. (yes you can!) There is 210 feet of head (92 PSI) and 550 ft of 8 inch welded steel penstock. We can draw 2500 … Continue reading

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Solar Energy International trains you to make watts.

Solar Energy International (SEI), based in Carbondale, CO, is one of America’s leading renewable energy education groups, offering comprehensive training in photovoltaics, small wind, micro-hydro, and green building techniques like straw bale construction. It’s expert staff instructors conduct classes near … Continue reading

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Steam Turbines!

Steam turbines rule. I’ve been combing youtube for some steam turbine info and found this big bastard. Sure would be nice to have a scale model of this for tinkering around with at home.

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Harris Micro Hydro Turbine in Action in Oregon.

Here’s another typical micro hydro system that can help out around the cottage or small home. He doesn’t mention output in the first video but you do get a good look at the plumbing and mounting of the Harris Hydro … Continue reading

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Ceiling fan becoming a wind turbine.

PART 1 OF 4 This video shows how to construct a yaw bearing, auto furling mechanism, mounting of the generator and why the whole deal is mounted a little off center. It’s a little redneck but that’s how we roll … Continue reading

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5000 Watt Gocart letting loose.

This is one reason to make watts. Spend them!

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Weight Driven Generator.

This is pretty small scale but it’s a proof of concept.   The idea came from needing a small amount of light for an outhouse. He decided to use a weight that the “user” could lift up a few feet … Continue reading

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Breath powered USB charger.

Nothing makes me happier than seeing watts generated by people. This here is a USB charger capable of harnessing the expansion and contraction of the chest of a breathing geek. It’s a little rough around the edges… but the concept … Continue reading

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