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Can be factible produce energy based in the classic "hamster wheel"? Answered


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orksecurity
orksecurity

Best Answer 11 years ago

If you can arrange for something -- the hamster -- to put mechanical energy into the wheel, it's certainly possible to extract (electrical) energy from the wheel.

Not much, of course, unless you have a large army of hamsters. And the energy is actually coming from the food you give them.

Possible, yes. Practical, not really.

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jeff-o
jeff-o

Answer 11 years ago

Yeah, it would probably be more efficient to just burn the hamster food, LOL.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 11 years ago

+1
...beat me to that one....

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jeff-o
jeff-o

Answer 11 years ago

I was waiting for someone to say that.  ;)

I don't think they burn very well though.  I don't recommend trying it.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 11 years ago

Dry them first, like beef jerky.

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jeff-o
jeff-o

Answer 11 years ago

Using the hamster food as a fuel source for heat?

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 11 years ago

Solar cooker paraboloid!  Dries and cooks 'em at the same time, with Free Energy (TM).

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jeff-o
jeff-o

Answer 11 years ago

Now I'm getting hungry.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 11 years ago

Not much on a Hamster, now Guinea pigs are fine eating, in Columbia I think.

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jeff-o
jeff-o

Answer 11 years ago

Yes, I've heard that. 

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orksecurity
orksecurity

Answer 11 years ago

Actually, my first car was powered by hamsters being chased by cats, both on treadmills. Or at least, that was about how much power it seemed to have. Eventually, either the hamsters escaped or got caught and it stopped running.

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harry88
harry88

10 years ago

if you have a critter trail revoultion like me you could just hot glue a small dc motor in the rivet

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legionlabs
legionlabs

11 years ago

Attach a DC motor to the wheel. It will be harder to spin than before, but will generate voltage. If you rectify it, then regulate the voltage, you could probably use it to (very slowly even for a not-lazy hamster) charge your cellphone.