Looks like it gets some lift from forward motion, some from propellers, and some from buoyancy.
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
In the early 70s Mother Earth news advertised a kit to make a hybrid car using a 5 horse engine to run an alternator that fed a battery bank which in turn ran an airplane engine starter motor coupled to the transmission shaft. Is that still viable? Or does anybody have that set of plans for sale?
Question by EliWatney | last reply
We r making hybrid go kart with 1 hp motor for hybrid go kart challenge which battery pack will be good choice 1.Lead acid 2.Ni metal hydride because of cost constraint we can't use li ion so if u know any other good batteries with low cost plz tell info: 48v 150 amps initial current energy efficient
Question by vpsingh92 | last reply
Hello i recently stumbled upon this instructable here. https://www.instructables.com/id/Plant-Host-Drone/ but the guy didn't put a how two. i was wondering if anyone could figure out how to make one and post a step by step. Also i thought that it would be could if you could make it seek out light. like if a shadow goes over it for more than a minute it seeks out the nearest light source but if it cant find one for lets say 5 minutes then it shuts down.
Topic by Ches Skelington | last reply
Hey, I just posted my giga-monica instructable and was wondering just what else I could use. To save you the search, I've hollowed out a spot about an inch or so long and just wide enough to house the connector of a usb device into a cheap harmonica. The idea being that you can insert something here to prove to your friends that yes, you don't have a life. So far, i've tried a flash drive, a 'Blues-tooth adaptor' (conceived solely for the name), but cannot think of ANY other devices you could use.. at all. In fact, to be blunt - what tiny usb devices can a computer use? (Picture shows roughly how much room you've got - no specific measurements because I'm looking for generic items, not specific models) Thanks in advance, McDouche
Topic by McDouche
I am trying to make a "super tomato" that grows fast with large sweet juicy fruit, and is a hybrid of a roma, big boy, and early girl (Also possibly a siberian tomato) I think I should cross pollinate the roma and big boy and then hybridize the seed from the hybridization with the early girl but I'm not positive someone please tell me how to do this.
Question by Super_Nerd | last reply
How to synchronize solar and wind energy?
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The HE Human Electric Hybrid Vehicle It looks like an interesting concept car. Although, it might be hard to find somebody who wants to pedal it. I really like the solar panels on top, and how on the downhill, it charges a capacitor for energy.This HE Human Electric Hybrid Vehicle concept uses the power of your muscles as well electricity stored in the batteries. It allows smooth and constant velocity both uphill (with the help of the electric motor), as well as downhill (when the wheel acts as a generator and charges the batteries). The vehicle can turn 360 degrees maintaining stability all the time. Additional power is acquired from photovoltaic placed on top of the vehicle as well as during de-acceleration from regenerative braking. Elderly and handicapped people that are unable to provide enough kinetic energy can also charge the batteries directly from the grid.
Topic by Brennn10 | last reply
Seeing two white Prius both with carpool stickers isn't that noteable. Seeing two white Prius both with carpool stickers, and with matching dents in their rear passenger side doors is notable. (The dent on the car in the back is difficult to see in the cell-phone camera image, so you'll have to trust me.)
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
I own a hybrid car (Honda Insight 2nd generation - CVT) and I'm happy with the fuel economy (4.3 L/100 Km -- 54,7 MPG), but I think there is still room for improvement. My house is on top of a hill and when I get home I have to climb steep slopes. The batteries go low and the forced regeneration kicks in. (The car uses the gas engine to recharge the batteries.) When I get home the batteries are almost fully charged. The next trip is, of course, downhill and the high state of charge prevents me from getting the maximum advantage of regenerative braking. (Put in other words: I'm burning gasoline uphill to recharge the batteries that I could charge for free driving downhill...) How could I avoid/reduce forced regeneration? What strategies do you use driving uphill? Thanks
Topic by Fabio M
I am designing a system to motorize my bike, but I really don't have enough money for it. I have been thinking I would like to use this engine for quite a while, because it's cheap, light, and OHC. There is a centrifugal clutch for it, but it costs $85, so I've been trying to design a series hybrid system instead. Considering that these motors cost only $6, it seems perfectly feasible to make something cheaper this way, but there are ways I can think of to possibly make it even cheaper. Here comes the technical part: my original design has two of the motors hooked up to the engine at double speed as generators, making 12v. Then there would be two more of these motors traction-driving the rear wheel. The problem with this is that the gear reduction is expensive. My new design has the engine directly driving only one generator, making only 6v so that I would have to have as many as 8 motors driving the wheel (opportunity for AWD?) to pull enough current to get full power out of the engine. Here's the problem: I don't know if the generator will be able to handle that current draw. Considering it would only have to do it for a couple seconds, do you think that one of these motors (working as a generator) could handle 400 amps surge? Other information: this will not see much low-speed operation. Geared to top out at about 25mph, it will probably spend most of it's time going 10-20.
Topic by yourcat | last reply
HERE IT IS. The Brickster LDS is a hybrid crossbow. It doesn't have a bow. It has a range of 250 to 300 feet with 16 to 32 rubber bands. It is extremely strong and could hold about 80lbs of force. The arrows are smaller than an average crossbow arrow so they fly slightly faster. It has no track so it is a slingshot type crossbow. Will be posted in a month or 2. Amazingly powerful. Has over 800 pieces and a Ballista attachment that rolls and keeps it at a 30 degree agle with the ground. Low piece and a great gun, If only I could show you. . . . . . . . . . . WAIT, I CAN!!!!!!!!!!
Topic by Electroinnovation | last reply
So I said i'd throw this up in the comments section on Youtube not too long ago, and I don't like it when something easy and free doesn't happen. This is some ideas and observations that have to do with coil guns (mostly). I'm in the process of finishing up several projects, so my resources are kinda spread out. I should have a prototyped coil gun finished in 2-3 weeks though, so if this doesn't clear things up, hopefully that video will. I should point out, I am a chemist with expertise in biochemistry, not electrical engineering. Basically my idea is to combine a railgun and a coil gun for the expressed purpose of avoiding the pitfalls that a pure coilgun or a pure rail gun have. At present, none of the designs out there would be capable of competing with an actual gun. By mixing the two, i'm hoping to get something that might eventually be capable of doing so. So.. I've included a very poor drawing (I'm not an artist). The barebones circuit is sketched in the lower right hand corner. The gun barrel, which is a piece of aluminum tubing split into two pieces to sever as a rail system, is sketched in the upper left, and again in the middle figure to show how to integrate the coil and rail system. Looking at the circuit design, you can see that this starts off as a very basic capacitor-inductor circuit. The charge is purposefully allowed to trickle through the circuit until the coil reaches saturation and the capacitor(s) are charged. When the trigger is pushed, the inductor side of the circuit has to dump into the rail system to complete the full closed loop. Because of the ferromagnetic material (the brown stuff), the magnetic force persists for a while (that is to say, it has high reluctance). The ferromagnetic material does one other thing that is important here. It forces the middle of the coil to be far off center. The coil is pulling the projectile into the middle of the magnetic field, but that is not necessarily in the center of the winding. Adding ferrite, or other high reluctance material, towards the end of the barrel biases the field towards that end. At the same time that the coil stops getting current, the rail system become active. This allows a charge to pass through the bullet/projectile, and, even though the majority of the force is going to be caused by the inductive coil, the rail system allows an eddy current to setup in the bullet. This does several things. First the bullet doesn't have to be iron, nickel, or cobalt. With a stray eddy current in the projectile, any conductive material will work. The advantage here is that once the current stops, the non-magnetic material stops being to the magnetic field, preventing backwards acceleration of the projectile as it exits the barrel. Second, Rail systems and coil systems are not often used because they are perpendicular to one another, but, this can be used to put spin on the projectile, in a similar manner to rifling in a barrel. After the projectile is fired, the circuit is open, preventing excessive electrical discharge. My circuit design is really badly drawn... =T if it needs more explanation please post up questions.
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If you make it, they will come. Or something.CalCars, the California Cars Initiative, has not only been campaigning for plug-in hybrid vehicles, they were the first to build a plug-in Toyota Prius. CalCars longstanding, and really quite simple, thesis is that plug-in hybrids can achieve 100+ MPG using today's technology:We promote plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). PHEVs are like regular hybrids but with larger batteries and the ability to re-charge from a standard outlet (mostly at night). They're the best of both worlds: local travel is electric, and you always have a gas-tank backup. More details here.Toyota seems to have finally received the message, now pledging to offer a plug-in hybrid by 2010: Toyota Will Offer a Plug-In Hybrid by 2010 (NYT). From the article:DETROIT -- The Toyota Motor Corporation, which leads the world's automakers in sales of hybrid-electric vehicles, announced Sunday night that it would build its first plug-in hybrid by 2010.The move puts Toyota in direct competition with General Motors, which has announced plans to sell its own plug-in hybrid vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt, sometime around 2010.Katsuaki Watanabe, the president of Toyota, announced the company's plans at the Detroit auto show as part of a series of environmental steps.Mr. Watanabe said Toyota, best known for its Prius hybrid car, would develop a fleet of plug-in hybrids that run on lithium-ion batteries, instead of the nickel-metal hydride batteries that power the Prius and other Toyota models.Plug-in hybrids differ from the current hybrid vehicles in that they can be recharged externally, from an ordinary power outlet. In a conventional hybrid the battery is recharged from power generated by its wheels.Mr. Watanabe said the lithium-ion fleet would be made available first to Toyota's commercial customers around the world, like government agencies and corporations, including some in the United States. He did not say when they would be available to consumers.Another case of hackers' solutions becoming mainstream? Definitely!
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
Hi everyone, For a while, I've had this as my "back-burner" project. I'm trying to really get going on it now. It's an Open Source, DIY, Plug-in Diesel/Electric Hybrid Pickup truck. That's really a mouthful, so I'm just calling it the "SuperTruck" project, until I can come up with a better name. The entire concept is that it is a parallel hybrid, which you can charge from the wall, and it has a diesel engine that can run on diesel, bio-diesel, and possibly veggie oil. Either the engine OR forklift motor will be able to propel the vehicle. (Meaning that it will have a dedicated EV mode.) The driver can manually decide to run it on diesel, electric, or both depending on the driving situation. The mechanicals are relatively simple. It uses a manual transmission (rather than a CVT or planetary gearing.) In theory, this will be a project than any advanced grease monkey will be able to duplicate. I'm not much of a car guy, but I have learned quite a bit working on my electric motorcycle, electric car, and experimenting with running my car as a hybrid. Here's a YouTube playlist of what I've got going so far. For the latest on this project, please visit the page for it on my blog: http://300mpg.org/projects/supertruck/ I'll definately need help on this project, so please tell all your friends about it!
Topic by bennelson | last reply
From a variety of blogs and news sources, in this case ElectroVelocity. The Urbee Hybrid is the first vehicle to be fabricated "entirely" using 3D printing technology. I am not sure what "entirely" means in this context -- the body panels? the frame? the complete motor and power system? In any event, it's a pretty cool concept.
Topic by kelseymh | last reply
This is an odd one! Apparently, kids have been playing around with the hybrid buses as they roll along -- by turning them off. The off switch is apparently just under a unlocked panel on the side of the bus."When that happens, the drivers can't accelerate, they lose radio contact with dispatchers and the interior lights on the buses go out. The power loss does not affect the brakes."They say that they're working on locking the compartments -- which seems like a good start -- as well as increasing patrol among the areas, as other attacks were common.Chronicle via Gizmondo
Topic by zachninme | last reply
I always have lots of flowers in my allotment garden. Sunflowers, originally from 3 different seed package varieties 5 years ago, come up spontaneously in spring, the seeds spread by birds. I usually collect the seedlings to put them in some rows, for beauty, wind protection and bird/ bee food. This year a large plant came up with double flowers. I have only ever seen small plants with double flowers. I am collecting all old flower heads and will sow these seeds in a small field next year, weed out all non double sunflower plants, and protect them from being pollinated by other, non double plants. So next year I might end up with a big bag of seeds for big double sunflowers! So far so good, but then??? I think many people would love to buy a packet of these seeds, but how to go about? Should I change my pseudonym BobS to BobMonsanto?
Question by BobS | last reply
Hybrid cars so many types and i require about electric hybrid cars and its working principles
Question by asith | last reply
I want to create wind/solar or hybrid charged monitor. I found a lot instructables and the question is, wind turbine is enough to fit power my monitor or use the solar charged solution or hybrid(possible?)? And anyone can send me links from this site(or another) which is close to this project? (turbine length, how many solar panels etc.?) Thx for answers. (sry my bad english)
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Can I wire 7000 lithium ion battery cells (about 75kwh) in parallel, and then use a lightweight bike engine hooked to a DC generator and connected in series to the batteries to boost voltage? Are there any flows in this design concept, for use in a hybrid race vehicle to increase the longevity of the batteries?I am trying to develop a race track car which is hybrid, thus utilizing electric motors immense torque.We build original race cars with common petrol engines but now I’m seriously thinking of developing a next generation race car. I know batteries don’t last long in high drain situations and thus any race car I sell will need a battery replacement after a race season. I’m sure this will be bad for business. Thus this is why I’m thinking of ideas to prolong the battery life by reducing current drainage. That’s why I want to have an engine generator with its sole purpose is just to boost voltage, and about 20,000ah worth of batteries connected in parallel so I reduce current demand per battery cell to well under 1C. Giving a Tesla p100d as an example I would require about 1200 amps and 400 volts to produce 480kw of power. If wire all 7000 battery cells in parallel to produce the same amount of current then each cell will need to provide about 0.18amps that’s very low to sustain longevity of the batteries. The generator is then connected in series to help boost the system voltage to 400vIn extrem simple terms, (the batteries provide the current, and the engine generator provides the voltage)I hope you understand why I’m looking at it this way. I know it might not be the most efficient way, but is it a practical doable way? Thanks
Topic by SamA196 | last reply
So i have this idea for a vessel i would like to construct. First, imagine a 10' by 20' floating dock. It floats using steel or plastic drums arranged in a line and possibly attached to make two parallel pontoons. After the "dock" part is constructed, a 10' by 10' cube will be constructed on top, around 3/4 of the way back on the dock. The rest of the space in the front of the cabin will used for a mast and pirate-like (:)) steering assembly managing a rudder or two on the aft. Propulsion can be sorted later and may not even be necessary. I would also like pointers on how and where to construct this and possible costs parameters. I am on a lake, Lake Cushman if you've heard of it, and have little dock space. The lake level will go down and provide an inclined beach where i can begin construction over the winter. The lake level will rise after winter, but it can be completed by then i believe. Assume i have the cabin idea figured out, all i need advice on is the above stated. Thanks! Any advice is much appreciated!
Question by idy26 | last reply
I want the go kart to start with the motor and after it reaches 20-30 speed, it should run with the engine.. can anybody help..? How the transmission will take place..?
Question by sachin jain | last reply
Any idea how to de-hybrid a Prius? Convert it to run as a gasoline only vehicle. From what I've read you have to: 1. Rig up a reverse. 2. Have enough battery power to turn the engine over. 3. Recharge that battery while the car is running. Has anyone done this? Know anyone who has? Have any ideas on how to accomplish this?
Topic by Lokisgodhi | last reply
Drive Around the World, a nonprofit founded in the Bay Area, revealed its latest innovation, a pair of hybrid-electric Polar Traverse Vehicles, also known as the Zero South PTVs. These two unique vehicles are bound for a history-making expedition across Antarctica and they came to Pier 9 today to talk about it. These revolutionary vehicles, designed using Autodesk tools, have undergone an extensive transformation from gas guzzling Hummers to open source, environmentally conscious biofuel hybrid-electric vehicles outfitted with ice tracks and capable of standing up to the Earth’s harshest environments. Vehicle designers and leading NASA scientists discussed the expedition's logistics and the latest in climate discoveries. From the Zero South team: There is intentional irony in repurposing the Hummer H1, which many view as a contemporary symbol of gross consumer waste and inefficiency. Others view it as a remarkable multipurpose machine capable of extreme on and off-road performance. But no matter which way the audience is ³polarized² by the vehicle, this adventure will appeal to everyone. Zero South Electrical Engineer Brock Winberg
Topic by xxlauraxx | last reply
We're not talking about hybrids here; our topic is cars powered by the basic IC-engine that relies on gasoline and not electric motors. Today's gasoline engines are not designed to combust/burn gasoline efficiently. Even with the advent of using high pressure fuel injection techniques that are computer controlled, we still fall short of the mark. Partly because liquid gasoline can't burn, only gasoline vapors burn, and there lies our problem. The same goes for injecting the high pressure droplets of fine-mist liquid gasoline that enters the engine cylinder using our current nozzle ejector technology, it doesn't all burn at the same time! Engine designers assume that these droplets are instantly vaporized by the engine's hot cylinder walls, and then instantly explode/combust when ignited by the sparkplug. Not true, up to 2/3 of the fuel isn't vaporized and doesn't combust until later on in the cycle. The 1/3 that gets almost-instantly vaporized and burns will do so within the several thousandths of a second (Fig-1) it has before the piston moves down its 1/2-stroke (out of today's 4-stroke cycle) completing the engine power-portion of its cycle. This releases power and tremendous heat which indeed vaporizes the remaining ~2/3 of our fuel from its liquid droplet form, but too late. It essentially does so when the power stroke is almost over or the piston is just about ready to move into its up-stroke (2nd stroke of our four stroke cycle) phase. So, because of poor vapo-timing we have 2/3 of our fuel virtually wasted by exploding at near the bottom of the power stroke. This incorrect explosive timing, which happens to most of our fuel, imparts very little energy into the crankshaft because its effective "moment" (a product of explosive force and radial-component distance from crankshaft center) is insignificant by then. Various attempts at adjusting the combustion timing spark hasn't made a significant difference. Even though ~2/3 of the fuel is now exploding and providing a huge force, its small "influence" arm distance is rapidly diminishing to zero, and any huge downward force times near zero arm-length is still zero. Some clarification here, technically thermal-efficiency is not improved, pretty much all of the gasoline gets combusted today. That means the energy of the fuel is almost totally released, but not effectively used. The problem is the timing it takes to convert fuel-injected gasoline droplets into vapor to combust at the correct engine rotational time and extract that expended energy. If you did the math for any size engine rotating at say 3200 RPM, you would find that a 4-stroke engine can only extract that energy from combustion during one of the four strokes. And the time it takes to make that stroke happen is only about 9.4 thousandths of a second or 9.4 milisecs (msecs). Now picture the piston just below TDC, all its valves closed, under pressure and containing all the fuel and air it needs to combust. At this point our deadly cocktail has about half of the 9.4 or about 5 msecs to complete combust after the timed sparkplug ignites it. The half factor exists because the max portion of our power stroke (moment arm) occurs at the mid-stroke of the piston sliding down and turning the crankshaft. If all of our fuel isn't combusted by then, the moment-arm or distance from the piston-center to the crankshaft quickly reduces to zero. Again, only vapors combust within a healthy 2 msecs (Fig-1), while fuel droplets take a relatively long time (>5 msecs) to vaporize before it can combust. Unfortunately nature is stubborn and vaporizes ~2/3 of our injected fuel droplets only during roughly the second half of the power stroke. So this huge amount of energy gets wasted because even though the forces of combustion are huge, its moment arm is rapidly approaching zero. Infinity times zero is still zero! Engine designers/engineers have been plagued by this phenomenon ever since the creation of the 4-stroke gasoline or Otto cycle engine. We need to improve this intermittent combustion/explosion process by combusting all of our injected fuel at the correct timing sequence. This is accomplished by injecting only vaporous fuel which will produce ~3X the power we now get. Another way to state this is, for the same power that we now get from a gasoline engine, if we burned the fuel correctly, we would only need 1/3 the fuel consumption to get 3X the current MPG.
Topic by RT-101 | last reply
I am considering a hybrid engine for a golf cart. I want to take a salvaged auto turbocharger as a base, use "alcohol" for fuel, and generate electricity for the electric motor of the cart.
Question by hardlec | last reply
In the beginning stages of my research on different green technologies. these two would seem to mesh well with the correct engineering , but i haven't run across any examples of it. Your thoughts? Maybe something new may come of this?...
Question by ericb985 | last reply
Hi everyone! For those who are interested in modified vehicles, electric vehicles, DIY Hybrids, renewable energy and more, you might want to check out the Mother Earth News Fair. It's coming up really fast. If you are in Pennsylvania, come check it out! I'm going to be a speaker there giving presentations on my DIY electric motorcycle, my most current DIY Hybrid Pickuptruck project, and more! Wear your Instructables shirt and come find me! -Ben Nelson
Topic by bennelson | last reply
Has anyone created a mid-drive electric bike? I'm using parts from: http://www.sickbikeparts.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21&products;_id=29&osCsid;=uc9u80gtpmv25k2hgqcqjspgi1 but I'm looking for advice on the subject in general. I'm adding a 600w geared electric motor to either a cruiser or a 700cc hybrid.
Question by jongscx | last reply
My question is can i get some advice on how to build my high powered hybrid rocket . Advice like is it cheaper to buy the hybrid rocket engine or motor. And how can i fire it with out the air force firing at me etc. please reply i need all the help i can get.
Question by poop#1 | last reply
I recently installed some set of new batteries for a telecom firm with the aim of achieving hybrid on the site in order to reduce diesel consumption and operational cost. After three days of installation and being charged by a rectifier for maximum performance,i decided to activate hybrid on the site and to my disappointment the back up time only lasted for three hours. Pls advice me on what to do......thanks
Question by azumi olu | last reply
"NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's yellow taxi fleet now will go green at the rate of 300 new hybrid cars a month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Wednesday, citing an agreement with car-makers to supply the fuel-light cabs.There are already more than 1,300 hybrid taxis in the city, and each one saves its drivers about $6,500 a year, Taxi and Limousine Commission Chairman Matthew Daus said in a joint statement with the mayor."Read More
Topic by Weissensteinburg | last reply
Is there a way to power up a device that uses 3 AAA batteries into a hybrid usb and/or cell powered device?
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Other than mounting the motor with a hub and adding in extra chain, how would you calculate the right gearing ratio to provide power at top RPM? Also could the dc motor be used as an "alternator" to provide hybrid like recharging of the batteries from the gas engine? Looking for anyone who may have insight on this. The motive here is to be able to keep up in uphill traffic without having a line of angry cars behind you.
Question by lbossington | last reply
Ok i want to build an electric hybrid system my first question is ac or dc power. i want to build a paralleled drive system. that uses the stock motor to drive on the highway with maybe a little help from the electric motors. here are my thoughts start with a f250 powerstroke diesel crew cab truck, install a divorced t case and new drive shaft, hook the electric motor to the t case front axle output. the goal is to use the space by the tool boxes to fit the batteries and later update the alternator. the goal here is a hybrid that can still haul what a normal truck can but run purely on electricity when in town
Topic by dkeller8 | last reply
Can I take an engine off of a razor e300 scooter, and a 3 speed store bought box fan and combine the two for a ++ motor? I am wondering if I can supercharge the e300 engine with a box fan motor, or is there anything I can do to supercharge the e300 motor. I am seeing if I can take the engine and battery off of the e300 scooter, and putting it on a pedal bike, and making a hybrid. Thanks!
Question by anul20 | last reply
M working on the project bt uncapable to find all mathametical work....... pls tell me the formet that find it... what calculation should be required like all stress , how to find c.g.
Question by rathoredinesh | last reply
Just a reminder that the Instructables, Popular Science, and TreeHugger Go Green! contest ends on August 19. That's just over a week away! So if you were planning on entering something in the contest, make use of this weekend and put together an Instructable about it.Grand PrizeThe grand prize winner will receive a Breezer Liberty hybrid commuter bicycle with pedal-powered lights, a brief write-up in a future issue of Popular Science, and a 1-year subscription to Popular Science magazine.First Prize5 first prize winners will each receive a Solio Universal Hybrid Solar Charger (TreeHugger review here), an Instructables robot t-shirt, and a 1-year subscription to Popular Science magazine.Second Prize10 second prize winners will each receive an Instructables robot t-shirt and a 1-year subscription to Popular Science Magazine.
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