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LiFi. DIY sites. Off-Grid D.I.Y Energy. INDEPENDANCE, DIY ENERGIE. Energy. TreeHugger. Magnetic Motor. Solar. 8 Completely Awesome DIY Home Energy Projects | Ecoble. Small-scale renewable energy is a must for a sustainable home – but converting your home to clean energy options can carry a huge initial price tag.

We’ve scoured the web for some of the most innovative examples of homemade energy solutions to compile a collective list of DIY projects to make your home greener and more energy efficient without costing you a fortune. From solar water heaters and gadget chargers to homemade super-efficient refrigerators, you’ll find links (with instructions) to some of the best projects you can make at home… Homemade Energy-Save Fridge The ‘Ambient Air Fridge’ isn’t quite a year-round green appliance but when things cool down in the winter, this homemade fridge will definitely shave a few dollars off the electric bill! DIY Electric Lawn Mower A small DC motor, two 12-volt batteries, a circuit breaker, and wiring can transform your polluting, fossil-fuel dependent lawn mower into a clean, green, grass mowing machine! Make Your Own Wind Turbine DIY Hydro Power. Free energy device tested on light bulb. Free Energy step by step.

How to rebuild a Dewalt 14.4v battery pack. Convert a lawn mower into a generator! The material presented on this page is intended to start you thinking about what you can do today that might someday save your life. If nothing else, our "Tip o' da Week" might just make your life a bit easier when a disaster strikes. We do not present topics that cost a lot of money (like structure reinforcement.) These are "do it yourself" projects and are relatively inexpensive.

The Construction of a Generator from a Lawn Mower Engine Many of our visitors and customers have read our Tip O'Da Week episodes discussing the homemade generator made from a horizontal shaft engine and a car alternator. Now build a generator with a lawn mower engine! As you might remember, our first generator was built using a horizontal shaft engine. About the parts needed 1. The generator project will require a vertical shaft gas engine from a lawn mower.

The typical lawn mower engine will be 3 to 5 horse power and will have a 7/8" shaft, with a 3/16" key way and a threaded hole in the bottom of the shaft. 2. Turbine Tesla. Build a 15,000 rpm Tesla Turbine using hard drive platters. Here's a project that uses some of those dead hard drives you've got lying around. In the Tesla Turbine, air, steam, oil, or any other fluid is injected at the edge of a series of smooth parallel disks. The fluid spirals inwards and is exhausted through ventilation ports near the center of the disks. A regular blade turbine operates by transferring kinetic energy from the moving fluid to the turbine fan blades. In the Tesla Turbine, the kinetic energy transfer to the edges of the thin platters is very small. Instead, it uses the boundary layer effect, i.e. adhesion between the moving fluid and the rigid disk. To build a turbine like this, you need some dead hard drives, some stock material (aluminum, acrylic), a milling machine with a rotary table, and a lathe with a 4 jaw chuck.

Wikipedia has a good review article ( as well as articles about I run my turbine on compressed air (40 psi), and it easily reaches speeds of 10-15,000 rpm. The microhydro plant. My little paradise has a stream that provides enough water flow and head to run a small turbine, to provide electricity to my home. While writing this, the microhydro plant is being implemented, and here are some photos of the process. Since I usually like to start at the end, the first thing I built is the controller: It is an implementation of Jan Portegijs' "Humming Bird", with some changes and adaptations.

The largest cost of the plant, by far, is in the piping for the rather long penstock. When the purchase was made and the truck arrived, we unloaded the pipes at different places, to get them as close to the installation area as possible. A smaller number of pipes were stored closer to the turbine site. Only for the last part of the run, where the pressure exceeds 2 bar, I will use blue class 4 PVC pipe.

To change from the low slope run of the white pipe to the much steeper run of the blue one, a change of direction is required. The flat area is where the forebay will be built. News! Home-made Hydraulic Ram Pump. Home-made Hydraulic Ram Pump This information is provided as a service to those wanting to build their own hydraulic ram pump. The data from our experiences with one of these home-made hydraulic ram pumps is listed in Table 4 near the bottom of this document. The typical cost of fittings for an 1-1/4" pump is currently $120.00 to $240.00 (U.S.A.) depending on source prices, regardless of whether galvanized or PVC fittings are used.

Click here to see a picture of an assembled ram pump Table 1. All connectors between the fittings are threaded pipe nipples - usually 2" in length or shorter. Conversion Note: 1" (1 inch) = 2.54 cm; 1 PSI (pound/square inch) = 6.895 KPa or 0.06895 bar; 1 gallon per minute = 3.78 liter per minute. Click here to see an image-by-image explanation of how a hydraulic ram pump works Click here to see a short mpeg movie of an operating ram pump(Note - this is a 6.2 mb movie clip. Assembly Notes: Operation: The pump will require some back pressure to begin working. Living Off-Grid: Our Micro Hydro Alternative Energy System. Blue Energy Published on March 24th, 2009 | by Jennifer Lance As a follow up to Sean’s post on Micro Hydro Essentials, I thought I would share an overview of my system, which has powered my home for over 13 years. We are fortunate to live on rural mountain property in Northern California with a creek that is not seasonal, although the volume of water does drop significantly during the arid months of summer. The beauty of hydro power is that it produces power 24 hours a day and is not dependent upon weather patterns, such as sun and wind.

The drawbacks are having to maintain the system by cleaning the intake and dealing with varying creek flows. Photo by jennifer lance Turgo micro hydro runner 17 years ago, my alternative power system consisted of one solar panel, one golf cart battery, one DC light, and one DC car stereo. Our micro hydro set up Turbine disconnected from water source About the Author. Hydroelectric. Hydroelectric Power - Water power - micro hydro systems Micro hydro power is probably the least common of the three readily used renewable energy sources, but it has the potential to produce the most power, more reliably than solar or wind power if you have the right site. This means having access to a river or creek that has a high enough flow to produce useable power for a good part of the year. Many creeks and rivers are permanent, ie, they never dry up, and these are the most suitable for micro-hydro power production.

A micro hydro turbine can take several forms, the most widely recognized of which would be the water wheel, used extensively for grain grinding up until this century. Waterwheels are still used in some situations that do not require a fast-spinning turbine, such as for pumping water. However, other type of turbines have become quite common.

The Campo Nuevo Watermotor is the only modern turbine designed to drive common machines directly with waterpower. By Joe Cole. Perpetual Motion Machine. Magnetism & Gravity. People. Perpetual Futility A short history of the search for perpetual motion. by Donald E. Simanek Popular histories too often present perpetual motion machines as "freaks and curiosities" of engineering without telling us just how they were understood at the time. They also fail to inform us that even in the earliest history of science and engineering, many persons were able to see the futility and folly of attempts to achieve perpetual motion.

Sometimes a particular device comes to us with a label, such as "Bishop Wilkins' magnetic perpetual motion machine. " Popular articles leave the impression that the inventor believed it was a perpetual motion machine. Bhaskara's Wheels. Villard de Honnecourt was born in the late 12th century and probably lived and worked in the north of France from 1225 to 1250. The most celebrated of his machine designs was for a perpetual motion wheel. Villard's diagram shows seven hammers, and he insisted on an odd (uneven) number of hammers, explaining 56. That's it. Perpetual motion machines (hypothetical ) A simple electric motor made with Buckyballs. How to Build a Super Magnet. Hydropower from Reuse. Reused: a small stepper motor as found in a printer 2 discarded CD-ROMs a foam tray some long stick (I used a piece of 20mm diameter PVC tube from demolition) a LED one or two tie-wraps a small piece of scrap paper Non-reused: The only non-reused part is the hot melt glue (I recommend the low temp type, especially when working with kids).

Tools: scissors, screwdriver to disassemble the printer (not shown), cutting pliers or desoldering tools for (optional, not shown). With a bit of luck the LED can also be found in the discarded printer. With even more luck you can find some discarded electronics with a LED standing tall on a printed circuit board, with most of its legs still intact, instead of mounted flush on the board. This makes it easier to remove from the print (leave the legs as long as possible) and easier to connect to the stepper motor by simply inserting it in the plug.

Now to start building, see the next step. Free power- How to convert a washing machine into a water powered generator. Sphere spins, but in wrong plane; around wrong axis. DIY Windturbines. DIY 1000 watt wind turbine. Tesla Technology: 5 Bladeless Turbines About to Revolutionize Energy Production. “Every home in America can run on wind energy. In fact these units can be installed on existing power poles in rural areas, to catch the wind and send its energy back to the plant.”- Raymond Green, Inventor In 1913, Inventor Nikola Tesla patented a bladeless steam turbine that he claimed was the most efficient and the most simple rotary engine ever designed. Due to a lack of high-quality materials, Tesla was never able to properly build his engine. One century later, we now have all the materials needed to build Tesla’s turbine, and in 2010, a patent was issued to a company called Solar Aero for a wind turbine based on the Tesla design.

Their turbine will be presented in this article along with other bladeless turbines like it that will allow us to revolutionize energy production for the entire world. Current wind turbine technology with rotating blades is both inefficient, and causes noise pollution, which has been reported to have detrimental health effects on residents living nearby. DIY VAWT. In this project, we will build a small DIY VAWT, Vertical Axis Wind Turbine. We are not expecting to get much over 50 watts of production, though it would be fairly simple to double the size of the blade area to increase power.

This DIY VAWT is based on the use of 4 inch PVC pipes, cut in half, for the blades. The blades are mounted on bicycle rims. This structure is then mounted using 2x4's and a DC treadmill motor is connected at the bottom, via a belt. The belt connection allows for an increase in RPMs to the treadmill motor. We have just started this project and have concerns with the following: start-up wind speed required - the gearing required to increase the RPMs for the treadmill motor, could prevent the wind turbine form starting, till very high wind speeds are reached gearing ratio - will a belt gearing system give us the revolutions per minute (RPM) that we need to produce usable power?

UPDATE: our concern with the gearing and start-up winds speed held true. Materials: Blades. Homemade Wind Generator - Learn How Wind Power Works. Waterpumping Windmill - Yggdrasil. Blog Mechanical Mage. Making a simple Savonius wind turbine. By Lance Turner There are many situations where you might need a small amount of electricity, for instance running gate openers, safety lights, water level indicators and other low-power devices. While solar would seem like the ideal solution, quite often this is not possible due to location and shading problems. Just such a situation arose when I decided to make our new gates automatic.

There were just too many trees in the way for solar power to work, and I didn’t want to run power some 30 metres or so from the house, as it would have meant digging a trench for the cables, which is almost impossible in our rocky ground. Why have automatic gates anyway? Anyway, I decided to provide power to the electric gate openers from a small wind turbine. The gate opener system itself is a home-made job, using car windscreen wiper motors driving long brass threaded shafts. Too much turbulence I briefly thought about what type of turbine I could install and how it would look. Making the turbine The mast. TURN YOUR CAR INTO A HYDROGEN HYBRID. StumbleUpon Video. DIY non-hub builds, the why and how (part-1) Common hub motor kits have a simple construction, which keeps the price low (especially with Chinese mass-production). The low price and easy installation makes them the big seller by a wide margin.

However, if you want a build which has unusually good efficiency (so a smaller battery can provide longer range), or…you want unusually good hill-climbing…a non-hub drive system just might be necessary to deliver your goals. Be aware that a non-hub system will by definition be more complex, probably more expensive, and is likely to be noisier. And…the biggest problem is that a non-hub system will be either very expensive (like the EGO, and the M-Drive), or the more affordable drives have issues with longevity and component breakage (Cyclone and GNG).

We’re not knocking Cyclone and GNG, they have no way of knowing if a customer is using their kits for light duty or racing…and non-hubs are often about reaching for exceptional performance. Adam used a Direct-Drive (DD) rear hub-motor. Selfmade homemade DIY supercap ultracap bcap boostcap. Replace your car battery with capacitors! 12V BoostPack Update. How to make batteries out of paint. This article was taken from the January 2013 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online. Researchers at Rice University, Houston, have created a battery made of paint. "We've airbrushed it on to tiles, polymers, glass and steel," says grad student Neelam Singh. Here's how to harness the power of art.

Assemble your paintbox Your paintable lithium-ion battery comprises five coats of paint, each representing a component of the battery: the lithium-titanium anode, two current-collectors made of a solvent, a cobalt cathode, and a polymer separator that holds the electrolyte. Layer the components The paints have to be applied in a certain order: the separator is in the centre, between the anode and cathode, and the two current collectors seal the sandwich. Seal them up tightly To seal the battery, you can use the aluminium foil found in coffee-sachet packaging.

Tools Aviation PowerPax SLD4CY Slim Line Battery Caddy SLD4CY. How to install HHO (horizontally mounted) DIY Residential Wind Generators | solarandwindenergy.co. DIY Wind Generators I made two wind generators, one was a motor from a stair master and one was from a tread mill. The third wind generator I bought. It’s rated for 1000 watts per hour at 22.3 MPH.

I hope to get at least 6-15 Kw per month or more. If you want to build a wind generator for cheap then you can get any DC motor. The first picture on this page I used a kids scooter that I got from a yard sale. I took off the handle bar. DIY Wind Turbine Blade DC 180 Volt Electric Generator HAWT Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine [YoutubeFancyZoom=Bq2J76ozSSE] Testing My Experimental Wind Turbine (VAWT) Homemade Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Vawt wind turbine Homemade Wind Generator – Learn How Wind Power Works Free Energy 100% Vertikal Windmill Wind Turbine Generator Jet Wind Turbine 500 watt VAWT Home Build Wind Turbine Using Car Alternator How to build a Wind Turbine with a tread mill motor. How I built an electricity producing wind turbine. Portable Power Station - Urban Survival.

The simplest magnetic motor DIY one hour. How to Produce Power With Magnets. How to Build a Small-Scale Hydroelectric Generator. Mini turbina hidroeléctrica en la canilla. Build an Amazing Tesla CD Turbine. Free energy generating coil - zooming in on the parts. DIY Homemade Tesla Coil. Toroidal. DIY Energy & Energy Saving.