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Industrial Arts, Appalachian State University. Recession has dried up my field (commercial printing & packaging), but have found new work in staging, lighting, sound systems, sets, productions and events.

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  • Portable 12 Volt 17 Watt Wind Generator with Automatic Furling

    For a permanent installation, you'll need to install a slip ring (rotating electrical connection).But for portable, temporary use, a slip ring is not needed, as the wind generator only pans a total of about 270 degrees, on a typical day.

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  • Light Electric Vehicle: One-Passenger @ 15mph, 210# Curb Weight

    In spite of recent advances, and wide acceptance of electric vehicles, Light Electric Vehicles still remain a neglected area. Sure, a few light electric vehicles, such as the 2-seat Twike, have been built and sold, and are able to achieve highway speeds. But they were never produced in large numbers. I had high hopes a couple of years ago when Segway designed and road tested the 2-seat Puma, with a cruising speed of 35mph, but the vehicle was never mass produced.A venture capitalist even approached me a few years ago, wanting to mass produce my LEV. But he simply glazed over and walked away when I labored to explain to him that my vehicle was built, simply, to test and ultimately prove the concept of a Light Electric Vehicle. I further explained to him that my vehicle would have to be c...see more »In spite of recent advances, and wide acceptance of electric vehicles, Light Electric Vehicles still remain a neglected area. Sure, a few light electric vehicles, such as the 2-seat Twike, have been built and sold, and are able to achieve highway speeds. But they were never produced in large numbers. I had high hopes a couple of years ago when Segway designed and road tested the 2-seat Puma, with a cruising speed of 35mph, but the vehicle was never mass produced.A venture capitalist even approached me a few years ago, wanting to mass produce my LEV. But he simply glazed over and walked away when I labored to explain to him that my vehicle was built, simply, to test and ultimately prove the concept of a Light Electric Vehicle. I further explained to him that my vehicle would have to be completely re-designed to lend itself to mass production, and would also require about two years of road testing to refine the design and work out any bugs.Many will disagree with me, but my definition of a Light Electric Vehicle is a vehicle that weighs no more than the weight of the rider(s), and has a top speed of 25mph, with an acceptable range of 25 to 50 miles on a charge. And we now have the technology to do this, and safely. Over the last 10 years I've seen the definition of the Light Electric Vehicle morph down to no more than an electric bicycle -or electric skateboard, completely ignoring the vast potential of the true Light Electric Vehicle.

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