Instructables: exploring - energy - featured http://www.instructables.com Fri, 1 Aug 2014 15:42:41 PDT BLOX v1.01 Lawnmower Power Generator With A Twist http://www.instructables.com/id/Lawnmower-Power-Generator-With-A-Twist/
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Sun, 12 Dec 2010 15:04:03 PST
Inexpensive Mini Turbine http://www.instructables.com/id/Inexpensive-Mini-Turbine/
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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:21:52 PDT
Simple Backyard Wind Turbine http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Backyard-Wind-Turbine/
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Sat, 14 Jun 2014 19:50:46 PDT
Helical Vawt (blades and charge controller) http://www.instructables.com/id/Helical-Vawt-blades-only/
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Sun, 18 May 2014 16:07:53 PDT
3 mini motors http://www.instructables.com/id/3-mini-motors/
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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:24:17 PDT
Green Engineering http://www.instructables.com/id/Green-Engineering/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FMW/6T6D/HOUG7R95/FMW6T6DHOUG7R95.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FMW/6T6D/HOUG7R95/FMW6T6DHOUG7R95.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FMW/6T6D/HOUG7R95/FMW6T6DHOUG7R95.SMALL.jpg audreyobscura Over the years, Instructables has seen some amazingly innovative projects come in that really show us how to Go Green! These feats of engineering demonstrate how we can fuel the future with natural resources, and protect the environment for generations to come. null null null null ...
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Fri, 6 Dec 2013 13:06:06 PST
Compost Heating System http://www.instructables.com/id/Compost-Heating-System/
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Sun, 27 Apr 2014 12:10:20 PDT
How to build a Rocket Mass Heater http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-build-a-Rocket-Mass-Heater/
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Wed, 5 Feb 2014 13:05:19 PST
Pond Heater http://www.instructables.com/id/Pond-Heater/
Pond Heater - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FKD/3JHG/HNV9OM5S/FKD3JHGHNV9OM5S.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKD/3JHG/HNV9OM5S/FKD3JHGHNV9OM5S.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKD/3JHG/HNV9OM5S/FKD3JHGHNV9OM5S.SMALL.jpg Pragmatic Man Last spring we built an above ground pond using an old billboard sign as a liner [billboardtarps.com] which cost us 1/10th what a 'regular' pond liner would have. In winter, the temp can dip below freezing here & we don't want to loose our fish, some of which have gotten quite large. So being a free...
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Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:03:38 PST
Arduino based House Heater Controler with SMS User Interface http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-based-House-Heater-Controler-with-SMS-User/
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Mon, 23 Sep 2013 02:15:07 PDT
Portable Power http://www.instructables.com/id/Portable-Power/
Portable Power - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FI9/QILE/HLA1SC26/FI9QILEHLA1SC26.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FI9/QILE/HLA1SC26/FI9QILEHLA1SC26.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FI9/QILE/HLA1SC26/FI9QILEHLA1SC26.SMALL.jpg Cats Science Club This power pack would be for emergency use, like when a storm knocks out the power, and would be very nice to have for camping. Okay, Fat Cat saw this on youtube and thought we could do an instructable on it. We highly recommend that you check out the link to the video by KK's Boathouse. It is very...
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Sat, 7 Sep 2013 18:48:00 PDT
Solar Tracker in the Internet Cloud http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Tracker-in-the-Internet-Cloud/
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Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:01:23 PDT
Free professional wind turbine blade http://www.instructables.com/id/Free-professional-wind-turbine-blade/
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Thu, 23 May 2013 08:46:38 PDT
Darrieus Wind Turbine http://www.instructables.com/id/Darrieus-Wind-Turbine/
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Fri, 10 May 2013 08:39:31 PDT
Bike Generator Patio Furniture Made from Recycled Materials w/ Voltage Regulated Battery Charging System http://www.instructables.com/id/Bike-Generator-Patio-Furniture-Made-from-Recycled-/
Bike Generator Patio Furniture Made from Recycled Materials w/ Voltage Regulated Battery Charging System - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F52/VIWN/HGH71Q7L/F52VIWNHGH71Q7L.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F52/VIWN/HGH71Q7L/F52VIWNHGH71Q7L.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F52/VIWN/HGH71Q7L/F52VIWNHGH71Q7L.SMALL.jpg KlockworkKevin For this project I refined some of the lessons I've learned building (or trying to build) bike generators in the past in an attempt to build one that was quiet, less obtrusive in our living space, and capable of being used by a bicycle without any modifications or additions to the bicycle. The Table...
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Sun, 12 May 2013 15:39:01 PDT
How to Build a Bicycle Generator http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Build-a-Bicycle-Generator-1/
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Thu, 9 May 2013 22:26:47 PDT
Dandelion Wind turbine http://www.instructables.com/id/Dandelion-Wind-turbine/
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Fri, 10 May 2013 05:18:42 PDT
homage to duchamp's bicycle wheel - a dual mode led lamp (DC hub generator or AC plugin) http://www.instructables.com/id/homage-to-duchamps-bicycle-wheel-a-dual-mode-le/
homage to duchamp's bicycle wheel - a dual mode led lamp (DC hub generator or AC plugin) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FUC/OGBL/HFD1JTWW/FUCOGBLHFD1JTWW.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FUC/OGBL/HFD1JTWW/FUCOGBLHFD1JTWW.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FUC/OGBL/HFD1JTWW/FUCOGBLHFD1JTWW.SMALL.jpg pobriant In honor of the 100th year of  Marcel Duchamp's most famous "ready made" creation, the bicycle wheel lamp and generator. This is  a dual mode led lamp  for plugging in an AC LED bulb or spin it yourself for powering DC LEDs (with battery backup.)  Choose the  green option with Cree's latest LED 9.5...
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Sat, 13 Apr 2013 19:13:58 PDT
Adjustable Ribbon Generator http://www.instructables.com/id/Adjustable-Windbelt/
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Sat, 30 Mar 2013 14:27:06 PDT
Upgrade hot-water radiator to convector http://www.instructables.com/id/Upgrade-hot-water-radiator-to-convector/
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Sat, 16 Mar 2013 17:20:36 PDT
Woodstove Heat Exchanger http://www.instructables.com/id/Woodstove-Heat-Exchanger/
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Sun, 10 Mar 2013 08:19:49 PDT
A Vertical Wind Generator from Washing Machine Motor http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Vertical-Wind-Generator-from-Washing-Machine-Mot/
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Sun, 3 Feb 2013 18:43:05 PST
Water Lint Trap From a 5 Gallon Bucket for All Seasons http://www.instructables.com/id/Water-Lint-Trap-From-a-5-Gallon-Bucket/
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Tue, 1 Jan 2013 16:01:59 PST
Ice box air conditioner http://www.instructables.com/id/Ice-box-air-conditioner/
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Tue, 28 Nov 2006 12:07:39 PST
How to Power Supply http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Power-Supply/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FTI/V1UM/GX3LR69S/FTIV1UMGX3LR69S.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FTI/V1UM/GX3LR69S/FTIV1UMGX3LR69S.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FTI/V1UM/GX3LR69S/FTIV1UMGX3LR69S.SMALL.jpg bricabracwizard I wanted to create order from the many instructables I have in my favourites list.  So these guides are mainly for my benefit on the topics I want to learn more from.  I hope you will enjoy the ones I have chosen by these very talented instructables members!  These are in no particular order.  This ...
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Mon, 10 Dec 2012 15:28:08 PST
Cheap radiator reflectors to lower your fuel bills http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-radiator-reflectors-to-lower-your-fuel-bills/
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Sat, 8 Dec 2012 10:19:20 PST
Clothesline Hangers for Windy Conditions http://www.instructables.com/id/Clothesline-Hangers-for-Windy-Conditions/
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Sat, 10 May 2008 12:12:27 PDT
Mini Bio-gas plant using food waste, decomposable organic material and kitchen waste http://www.instructables.com/id/Bio-gas-plant-using-kitchen-waste/
Mini Bio-gas plant using food waste, decomposable organic material and kitchen waste - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FJM/HJVZ/H74319FG/FJMHJVZH74319FG.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJM/HJVZ/H74319FG/FJMHJVZH74319FG.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJM/HJVZ/H74319FG/FJMHJVZH74319FG.SMALL.jpg antoniraj I have been searching for some method of using the food waste, decomposable organic material and kitchen waste efficiently, and came across information on producing bio-gas from organic waste. The bio-gas produced from food waste, decomposable organic material and kitchen waste, consisting of metha...
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Wed, 26 Sep 2012 04:52:19 PDT
Kite with Wind-Powered LEDs http://www.instructables.com/id/Kite-with-Wind-Powered-LEDs/
Kite with Wind-Powered LEDs - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FSJ/3NT0/H6739LHL/FSJ3NT0H6739LHL.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FSJ/3NT0/H6739LHL/FSJ3NT0H6739LHL.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FSJ/3NT0/H6739LHL/FSJ3NT0H6739LHL.SMALL.jpg ben.chapman I just finished making a device that lets a kite generate electricity and light up the sky at night.  The main goal for this project was to make something fun that can illustrate the power of the wind and help people make a tangible connection to wind power.   The kite has 4 small turbines that powe...
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Thu, 6 Sep 2012 13:55:47 PDT
Poor-Mans Smart-Grid - Blackout Protection by UPS and Electric Motorcycle http://www.instructables.com/id/Poor-Mans-Smart-Grid-Blackout-Protection-by-UPS-/
Poor-Mans Smart-Grid - Blackout Protection by UPS and Electric Motorcycle - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FEY/S6M8/H673566E/FEYS6M8H673566E.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEY/S6M8/H673566E/FEYS6M8H673566E.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEY/S6M8/H673566E/FEYS6M8H673566E.SMALL.jpg bennelson A while back, the cheap battery charger I was using for my electric motorcycle went on the fritz. I decided to get creative to see if there was a way to not only get a great battery charger for FREE, but also increase the usefulness of my personal electric vehicle. I came up with the concept of the...
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Tue, 4 Sep 2012 18:47:24 PDT
outdoor wood boiler from junk http://www.instructables.com/id/outdoor-wood-boiler-from-junk/
outdoor wood boiler from junk - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F74/NBT6/H8CVKKC3/F74NBT6H8CVKKC3.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F74/NBT6/H8CVKKC3/F74NBT6H8CVKKC3.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F74/NBT6/H8CVKKC3/F74NBT6H8CVKKC3.SMALL.jpg heathbar64 Outdoor wood boilers have become a popular option in the cold country for heating the home. The advantage is that you keep all the smoke, mess, and fire danger outside and away from the house. The down side is the cost. A factory made one costs several thousand dollars. We burn wood to save money...
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Thu, 30 Aug 2012 18:33:43 PDT
Thermoelectric USB charger - off grid electricity. http://www.instructables.com/id/Thermoelectric-USB-charger/
Thermoelectric USB charger - off grid electricity. - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FNK/8SQU/H6MF2TGP/FNK8SQUH6MF2TGP.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FNK/8SQU/H6MF2TGP/FNK8SQUH6MF2TGP.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FNK/8SQU/H6MF2TGP/FNK8SQUH6MF2TGP.SMALL.jpg scraptopower This strange looking pan is a device to generate power from a low temperature heat source. By using the seebeck effect, it is able to produce enough electricity to charge a cell phone and other USB devices. The best part about this contraption is that it has no moving parts. The device has a nimh p...
By: scraptopower

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Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:16:40 PDT
Power Tool USB Charger http://www.instructables.com/id/Power-Tool-USB-Charger/
Power Tool USB Charger - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FPQ/4LPU/H672M6GN/FPQ4LPUH672M6GN.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FPQ/4LPU/H672M6GN/FPQ4LPUH672M6GN.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FPQ/4LPU/H672M6GN/FPQ4LPUH672M6GN.SMALL.jpg andrew.spencer.2 This is a way to seriously extend the battery life of anything you can charge off of USB. It's sort of like a giant minty boost, minus the mint.  After I built this, I discovered that Milwaukee already makes something that does just that, called a Power Port for their 12v lineup of power tools. W...
By: andrew.spencer.2

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Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:36:54 PDT
DIY Solar panels for RV or off grid http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Solar-panels-for-RV-or-off-grid/
DIY Solar panels for RV or off grid - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FUK/33PS/H685B8OK/FUK33PSH685B8OK.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FUK/33PS/H685B8OK/FUK33PSH685B8OK.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FUK/33PS/H685B8OK/FUK33PSH685B8OK.SMALL.jpg aleutianwind    This instructable is about a couple solar panels I made while traveling in our RV. I ordered 72 solar cells from ebay. It was a kit that came with cells, flux pen, and flat buss wire. The glass came from a recycle store for 5 bucks. I got the epoxy encapsulate off ebay also. I added 3 more batter...
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Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:50:55 PDT
Cheap Solar 5 volt charger/ power supply http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-Solar-5-volt-charger-power-supply/
Cheap Solar 5 volt charger/ power supply - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FH5/LEV2/H6738QI7/FH5LEV2H6738QI7.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FH5/LEV2/H6738QI7/FH5LEV2H6738QI7.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FH5/LEV2/H6738QI7/FH5LEV2H6738QI7.SMALL.jpg kc8hps In this instructable I used 5 CHEAP solar lights. As I recall I bought them for $2 each at Wal*Mart over a year ago. It would be hard to find the solar cells for that price let alone the whole light assembly etc. Let's get started First I headed to the DOLLAR TREE dollar store where everything ...
By: kc8hps

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Sun, 26 Aug 2012 14:10:22 PDT
12 Volt DC Solar power supply http://www.instructables.com/id/12-Volt-DC-Solar-power-supply/
12 Volt DC Solar power supply - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FR7/F99H/H6738L4V/FR7F99HH6738L4V.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FR7/F99H/H6738L4V/FR7F99HH6738L4V.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FR7/F99H/H6738L4V/FR7F99HH6738L4V.SMALL.jpg kc8hps Here I will show you how I used Recycled lawn/garden solar lights to make a 12 volt power supply/charger. I think I have about $8.00 in it so far! What the end result looks like Okay lets get started. I when on to a recycle website and asked for used garden solar lights, working or not. After g...
By: kc8hps

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Sat, 25 Aug 2012 15:04:36 PDT
Small-scale wave-power - free energy from the beach! http://www.instructables.com/id/Small-scale-wave-power-free-energy-from-the-beac/
Small-scale wave-power - free energy from the beach! - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FUG/VUH1/H6730E4V/FUGVUH1H6730E4V.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FUG/VUH1/H6730E4V/FUGVUH1H6730E4V.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FUG/VUH1/H6730E4V/FUGVUH1H6730E4V.SMALL.jpg Kiteman Wave power is a much-neglected source of renewable energy.  More consistent and reliable than wind, it is suffering badly from lack of investment. There are two main focuses for wave-power; off-shore waves, where the rolling action is exploited by floating buoys or the proven Pelamis system, and on...
By: Kiteman

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Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:56:50 PDT
BLUEBOX portable generator http://www.instructables.com/id/BLUEBOX-portable-generator/
BLUEBOX portable generator - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F0Q/HJB5/H63P3P3H/F0QHJB5H63P3P3H.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F0Q/HJB5/H63P3P3H/F0QHJB5H63P3P3H.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F0Q/HJB5/H63P3P3H/F0QHJB5H63P3P3H.SMALL.jpg claudiopolis For a long time I wanted to have something like a Xantrex Portable Backup Power System 1500. The idea of having a silent, off-grid  power supply ready for taking in camping trips or wherever I need power for small repair jobs was not possible for several reasons: I live in Romania and over here our ...
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Mon, 20 Aug 2012 11:40:05 PDT
how to make a strong genorator http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-convert-a-AC-motor-to-a-DC-motor/
how to make a strong genorator - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FSC/XQ2N/H5ED8C7F/FSCXQ2NH5ED8C7F.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FSC/XQ2N/H5ED8C7F/FSCXQ2NH5ED8C7F.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FSC/XQ2N/H5ED8C7F/FSCXQ2NH5ED8C7F.SMALL.jpg agedesign this project came to me after i had noticed that there is not many differences between a ac motor coil and a dc motor coil. well the only difference was the size. so i got started! the tool list that i used is quite extensive and some exeptions could be made the tools i used will be listed below dr...
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Mon, 13 Aug 2012 09:25:33 PDT
Dual Stator Smart Drive Wind Turbine (Tutorial) http://www.instructables.com/id/Smart-Drive-Wind-Turbine-Tutorial/
Dual Stator Smart Drive Wind Turbine (Tutorial) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FPZ/WTQ5/HAQ3CDCI/FPZWTQ5HAQ3CDCI.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FPZ/WTQ5/HAQ3CDCI/FPZWTQ5HAQ3CDCI.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FPZ/WTQ5/HAQ3CDCI/FPZWTQ5HAQ3CDCI.SMALL.jpg benmurton This is a tutorial for my smart drive base wind turbine. this is a complex project and i had already built it before i started this tutorial so it wont go into everything but i will try. Materials And Tools. Materials: 50mmX75mmX600mm box section steel (for frame) Solid or laminated ...
By: benmurton

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Sat, 11 Aug 2012 17:55:26 PDT
Smart Drive Wind Turbine http://www.instructables.com/id/Smart-Drive-Wind-Turbine-4/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FPY/U2IU/HBUZGJ3A/FPYU2IUHBUZGJ3A.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FPY/U2IU/HBUZGJ3A/FPYU2IUHBUZGJ3A.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FPY/U2IU/HBUZGJ3A/FPYU2IUHBUZGJ3A.SMALL.jpg benmurton This is my smart drive wind turbine, its based round the smart drive alternators out of a smart drive washing machine. It is capable of producing a maximum of 1.6 kw's, most of the parts i found around my house and the blades are carved from wood. all the electronics i made myself so they are simple...
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Fri, 3 Aug 2012 12:53:31 PDT
Micro solar power system http://www.instructables.com/id/Micro-solar-power-system/
Micro solar power system - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F9R/3E56/H3QETRG4/F9R3E56H3QETRG4.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F9R/3E56/H3QETRG4/F9R3E56H3QETRG4.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F9R/3E56/H3QETRG4/F9R3E56H3QETRG4.SMALL.jpg chunkyhampton The best way to learn about renewable energy and solar power is to get hands on and build your own system. Here is a small solar photovoltaic (electricity producing) solar power system which includes charge regulation, monitoring and fused outputs all within a laser cut enclosure. Its designed to be...
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Mon, 30 Jul 2012 05:04:40 PDT
Step-n-Start - A Motor Pull-Starting Assist for Those that Need a Little Help http://www.instructables.com/id/Step-n-Start-A-Motor-Pull-Starting-Assist-for-Th/
Step-n-Start - A Motor Pull-Starting Assist for Those that Need a Little Help - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FXL/RQ6D/H4VQRFSP/FXLRQ6DH4VQRFSP.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FXL/RQ6D/H4VQRFSP/FXLRQ6DH4VQRFSP.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FXL/RQ6D/H4VQRFSP/FXLRQ6DH4VQRFSP.SMALL.jpg yeltrow I proudly purchased one of those nasty little 2kW generators from Aldi's figuring it would get us by if we lose power after a storm.  The only thing I didn't count on is that I'm the only one in the family that can pull start a small engine.  When I conducted "Generator 101" at my house I found out ...
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Sun, 22 Jul 2012 04:52:43 PDT
Five minute solar phone charger http://www.instructables.com/id/Five-minute-solar-phone-charger/
Five minute solar phone charger - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F50/L34O/H4AGE0VG/F50L34OH4AGE0VG.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F50/L34O/H4AGE0VG/F50L34OH4AGE0VG.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F50/L34O/H4AGE0VG/F50L34OH4AGE0VG.SMALL.jpg prank Need to charge your phone?  Have nothing but a clothespin and some P-N junctions?  Have no fear!  The (solar) power is in your hands! The Big Idea So, what's the plan, stan? Well, we're going to make a solar panel from scratch that can charge up a simple phone. See, cheap phones like mine are r...
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Tue, 17 Jul 2012 05:07:24 PDT
A 1*1*1 foot Evaporative Cooler (Swamp Cooler) http://www.instructables.com/id/A-111-foot-Evaporative-Cooler-Swamp-Cooler/
A 1*1*1 foot Evaporative Cooler (Swamp Cooler) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FHW/0UG5/HWKK1ZB2/FHW0UG5HWKK1ZB2.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FHW/0UG5/HWKK1ZB2/FHW0UG5HWKK1ZB2.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FHW/0UG5/HWKK1ZB2/FHW0UG5HWKK1ZB2.SMALL.jpg book man I am a teenager and likes to make things this is my first Instructable.  I came up with this laying in bed because it was so hot.  I was going to buy a window air conditioner on top of our regular air conditioner.  Then I went to a swamp cooler and they didn't make a small enough one so I came up wi...
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Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:58:41 PDT
Get Six 1.5V Cells from One 9V Battery http://www.instructables.com/id/Get-Six-15V-Cells-from-One-9V-Battery/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FT0/HUWB/H4AGJ8GK/FT0HUWBH4AGJ8GK.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FT0/HUWB/H4AGJ8GK/FT0HUWBH4AGJ8GK.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FT0/HUWB/H4AGJ8GK/FT0HUWBH4AGJ8GK.SMALL.jpg Jason Bedard Did you know that the common Alkaline 9 Volt battery is made up of six 1.5 Volt cells? This is very useful if you need small package 1.5 Volt supply for a project.  The independant cells are just slightly smaller than AAA cells.  Warnings and Stuff Do not try this on rechargable batteries of any ki...
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Sun, 8 Jul 2012 16:34:38 PDT
Cheap & Easy Solar Shield http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-Easy-Solar-Shield/
Cheap & Easy Solar Shield - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FPK/NNJ0/H461GWTD/FPKNNJ0H461GWTD.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FPK/NNJ0/H461GWTD/FPKNNJ0H461GWTD.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FPK/NNJ0/H461GWTD/FPKNNJ0H461GWTD.SMALL.jpg bclamore Do you live in a hot climate?  Does the sun beat down upon your home?  Do you wish you could reduce solar heating?  Do you want to block the sun before it gets inside your dwelling (blinds work only so well -- the heat is already inside at this point).  I answered yes to all of these, so I made a So...
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Wed, 4 Jul 2012 10:20:07 PDT
Repairing Solar Cells http://www.instructables.com/id/Repairing-Solar-Cells-1/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FWO/QIGP/H461X4B5/FWOQIGPH461X4B5.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FWO/QIGP/H461X4B5/FWOQIGPH461X4B5.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FWO/QIGP/H461X4B5/FWOQIGPH461X4B5.SMALL.jpg Josehf Murchison This is a trick I use to attach wires to glass solar cells. I fallow the three R rules of living green; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, as well as I try to find sources of renewable resources. To achieve this goal I salvage many things from the garbage and one of the things I salvage from the garbage i...
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Tue, 3 Jul 2012 20:29:38 PDT
DIY Wind-Powered Water Pump http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Wind-Powered-Water-Pump/
DIY Wind-Powered Water Pump - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FA6/ZLB7/H3Z32D45/FA6ZLB7H3Z32D45.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FA6/ZLB7/H3Z32D45/FA6ZLB7H3Z32D45.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FA6/ZLB7/H3Z32D45/FA6ZLB7H3Z32D45.SMALL.jpg flyingpuppy This summer I made a bunch of fun things out of PVC for my visiting nieces and nephews, and this wind-powered water pump is a combination of two of those projects: a wind-powered deer deterrent, and a pump-style water gun. This water pump is definitely in beta stage. All the components work, but the...
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Mon, 2 Jul 2012 13:45:09 PDT
vertical wind power http://www.instructables.com/id/vertical-wind-power/
vertical wind power - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FYT/P1NG/H2MYLSAQ/FYTP1NGH2MYLSAQ.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FYT/P1NG/H2MYLSAQ/FYTP1NGH2MYLSAQ.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FYT/P1NG/H2MYLSAQ/FYTP1NGH2MYLSAQ.SMALL.jpg zaheerpanhwer I've always had sort of a soft spot for the Vertical Axis Wind Turbines because of the advantages they offer.  Unfortunately, most of them such as the Savonius aren't very efficient but do offer low wind characteristics.  About a year ago I was emailed a patent of a VAWT that was a bit different.  T...
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Thu, 31 May 2012 01:15:14 PDT