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Is it possible to make a cheap generator efficient enough to make enough electricity to power a refrigerator? Answered

It would be an eco-friendly generator:)


Use a little motor and a car alternator... that will do it. You can look up how to wire it and you should be able to find an alternator almost anywhere.

the coils in the generator are rated for a certain load and if you try to overload it you will burn the coils. From your question it seems you already have a generator? is it a diesel engine coupled to a generator coil?

I don't know if this will work and I have not done it myself but I know that a fridge has a motor that drives a compressor, it may be possible to join the engine of the generator to the compressor of the fridge? It won't be an efficient solution but you will get a fridge that runs on fuel rather than electricity.

 No, I don't have a generator, but your 2nd paragraph gave me an idea of running an engine with wood gas or similar. That should do, although it doesn't answer my question. Sorry.


8 years ago

Make a Coolgardie fridge. basically a box frame with a shelf. cover the back front and sides with hessian. Wooden top and bottom (PLY) . Now put a metal / plastic tray on the top and fill it with water. Let the hessian sit in the tray all round. Let the bottom of the hessian sit in a tray to catch the water. Pl;ace the whole thing in a shady place where there is a slight breeze. This will keep anything cool even on a hot day. Just top up the top tray when in empties.

just how cold is it, and from where my house is, there's not that much wind around, not even a breeze.

You could look at wind generators. Then replace the word "wind" with "solar" and hit the search button again.


I need my fridge 24/7 so solar aint a good answer, plus i even dont hav enough money to buy batteries.its almost impossible to find a solar cell in the Philippines :(

What size of fridge?

just a small one, planning 2 use it for my new room (dont want 2 make a big deal about our electricity bills)