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Electric Human Wheel

Posted in inventions, Sustainability, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2016 by Drogo

Electric Generating Stationary Bikes (Human Hamster-Wheels)

Very interesting. This truly piques the engineer in me’s interest.. I’m with the idea 100% of the flywheel approach and it running around $100.. the kicker would be the battery bank and the inverter..
You could get some cost savings using an old bike as a donor for parts, and the larger the flywheel the better off you could be. (once it gets going momentum would help you continue the spin) Throw a decent transmission (from donor bike) in there and you can keep the speed controlled and wouldn’t need a voltage regulator.
Now tied to an existing offgrid setup.. like a Tesla Battery (Powerwall i believe they are calling it?) with a good diode.. That could be a great boon!
I am somewhat dubious of the “1 hour” thing as that’s extremely variable depending on usage of power and condition of battery; that’s more of a ‘sales’ point but the concept itself is sound as well as proven in other applications (the manual treadmills in gyms in the 90’s powering attached TVs come to mind)

That all said; there is another side to it that I would be remiss in not bringing up.. Unless you have a REALLY well made system you will lose energy to the inefficiency inherent in converting mechanical energy to electrical energy.. (not to mention the chemical energy (calories) required to produce the mechanical energy to convert to electrical energy.. so for like an off grid setup this would be great, but something where you’re trying to shave cost off of your utility bill the savings VS upfront cost would be somewhat hard to justify unless energy costs SUPER skyrocket or you are super efficient with your use of energy in the first place. Good source on that:
http://michaelbluejay.com/electricity/bicyclepower.html

Bottom line? Do-able and valid, REALLY cool too! but unless you’re super efficient with your use of energy, have batteries and an invertor on hand or for cheap… not necessarily cost effective VS grid.

Generating electricity with a bicycle

 

  • Tom Overby, Inventor (from a comment on a FB SCOD Group Post)
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Electric Ceiling Light Details

Posted in SCOD Online School, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2012 by Drogo

Preparing to Install an Electric Ceiling Light

The following descriptions and photos are meant to help anyone designing or working on a ceiling, and using hanging electric ceiling lights.

1.  Design and build beams for the ceiling and lights to be attached. One important thing to remember is that ceiling lights cannot be installed directly under beams if the drywall (or other ceiling material) is directly secured flatly against the beams. The lights must be attached to the ceiling structure above the ceiling, by its electric outlet box. Then the box hole is cut into the drywall, and the drywall is secured to fit exactly around the light electric outlet box holes. Hint: it is far easier to do with another lighter material (not drywall), like for panels in a drop ceiling or a thinner fiberboard sheet panel.

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2.  Inspect electric light for assembly

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3. In this case the metal bracket attachment for the electric box, has a screw rod, with a loop cap. Unscrew the loop cap, and add a chain to connect the hanging lamp to the loop cap.

special note: as you can see in the photo of the instruction manual, they did not draw the wires.

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Two pairs of pliers are needed to bend the strong chain links. Open them wide enough to link to the loop cap, and the hanging lamp. Then close the links.

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4.  Feed wires through chain, and loop cap.

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5.  Install surface of ceiling (drywall or other), cut hole for box. Secure metal bracket into box.

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6.  This part must be done by an electrician when all power is off at the breaker panel: Pull line wires down from electric box, and connect them properly to the lamp wires, up through the metal bracket; including ground wire.

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7.  Add plate guard to loop cap, and screw it into metal bracket in electric box. The plate guard will hide the edges of the hole in the ceiling that the wires come through. Make sure all connections are secure!

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* Remember to hire a licensed electrician because it is the law, and you could be killed by electrocution.

SCOD Alternative Fuel Vehicles Project

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2012 by Drogo

Creative Commons Cars – Share your ideas here so no Company can buy it and bury it! Once your idea is public it is closer to immortality.

Have you ever wanted to design an innovative auto? Please contribute your design ideas to this theoretical project for the greater public good, by simply posting them here on this page, or contacting us. Using sustainable industrial design concepts, even if only fictional, will help encourage innovation and other alternatives to traditional fossil fuel combustion engines. Please submit essays, drawings, photos etc. that can all be used by others without copyright. There is no deadline, and all entries will be published here.

Also feel free to post inspirational examples of any alternative fuel ideas! Check out the SCOD Gallery for Alternative Fuel Vehicles. If you contact us, we can add your ideas to that webpage also. https://sites.google.com/site/scodgalleries/alternative-fuel-vehicles

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/notes/drogo-empedocles/consumer-market-for-alternative-autos/10150858124121910

Note: You do not have to be a professional industrial designer or an automotive expert to be a part of this collaborative project. SCOD is simply seeking a collection of creative designs.

2012 Alternative Fuel Car List

Posted in Economics, Environmentalism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2012 by Drogo

This is just a quick summary of some popular hybrids and other alternatives. Advertising has still not improved to help promote this new technology. So even with the American Car Companies going Bankrupt, and getting Billions in Bailouts, most Americans still don’t know shit about hybrid cars, or don’t give a shit, or both. A recent SCOD poll answered by 20 people showed: most were interested in learning more, but only 2 people actually owned an AFV and the rest had negative responses. All of this despite the fact that it has been proven for many decades (about a century) that fossil fuel combustion engines pollute our environment on a mass scale. Sad.

2012 Alternative Fuel Car List

(prices have gone up since 2007, despite the recession)

Toyota Prius Hybrid $24,000 51/48 mpg

Honda Civic Hybrid $24,000 44 mpg

Hyundai Hybrid $25,000 35/40 mpg

Chevy Volt Sedan $40,000 gas only backs up battery

Nissan Leaf Electric $33,000 no gas

Mitsubishi I micro-coupe ???

Ford Fusion/Focus ???

* note: or you can buy a diesel and use bio-diesel in warm climates

Environmental Video Games

Posted in Education / Schools, Environmentalism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2011 by Drogo

Although most electricity used to run computers still comes from Fossil Fuel Combustion, there are some electronic games that may help to build a more sustainable future and switch to more renewable tools. If we are going to be on the computers already, smart education through fun game play can help plan a better future. The best of these games are those that make you feel better after you have played them, and even better when you are not playing them because you are not using Fossil Fuels.

1.  Power Up! (the basic educational game)

2.   Power Up

(the advanced game)

 

3.  Eco Ego

(list to be continued)

 

 

 

 

Drogo’s Heavy Metal Favorites

Posted in Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2010 by Drogo

HEAVY METAL Rock Music

(not including bands that would make the best lists of Rock & Roll, Hard Rock, Classic Rock, Hair, Glam Rock, or Southern Rock etc.)

The oldest most influential original Heavy Metal Bands of all time are:

1. Black Sabbath

2. Iron Maiden

3. Judas Priest

4. Motorhead

5.  AC/DC  (although usually found on Hard Rock radio, the fact that they never slow their heaviness ranks them among the metal gods)

The five most famous Heavy Metal bands in the 1980’s were:

1. Metallica

2. Megadeth

3. Anthrax

4. Slayer

5. KISS  (although their music was actually Hard Rock, their costume image was heavy metal in advertisements everywhere)

Power, Fantasy, Dark, Operatic, or Theatrical Heavy Metal bands:

1. Iron Maiden (Undead & Satanic sets & lyrics)

2. Black Sabbath (Satanic & Fantasy imagery)

3. Metallica (Militant Death, Monster, & Biblical, black attire)

4. Hawkwind (Acid Fantasy SciFi Trance)

5. Fates Warning  (Dark Fantasy Opera)

6. Crimson Glory (Fantasy)

7. Savatage

8. Metal Church

9. Manowar  (loudest)

10.  Anvil  (Canadian)

11.  Pantera (Heaviest Heavy Metal, Industrial Metal)

12.  Sepultura (“The Grave” Power Death Metal)

13.  White Zombie  (Undead, Goth Industrial Metal)

14.  Type-O-Negative  (Goth Metal)

15.  GWAR  (Demonic Heavy Metal Punk Opera)

16.  Samhain (Danzig)

17. Megadeth

18. Molly Hatchet (Frank Frazetta Metal album art, but Country Rock music)

(not including solo names like Alice Cooper, or Ozzy)

Cistern Water Pumps

Posted in Organic Gardens, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2010 by Drogo

Cistern Water Pumps

If you have a cistern or another large rain-water catchment container, you should be able to use the trapped water, even if it is not potable. At least the water can be used to water the lawn, gardens, trees, or potted plants. The most primitive means of getting at the water would be lowering a bucket through and accessible opening at the top, and with an attached rope pulling it back up. However this is not always efficient since buckets lowered down tend to float on the surface of water (especially plastic ones), and therefore cannot get water into them easily.

So simple hand pumps were invented by civilization centuries ago, to solve the problem of getting water out of a cistern (or well). The most affordable and sustainable method still seems to be using a simple cast iron hand pump. By pulling up and down on the lever handle, a piston inside creates a vacuum in the pipe below. This action sucks water up from near the bottom of the pit, and out of the spout. Some pumping of the handle is usually needed before water can flow, to create the suction.

You can attach a hose to a spigot on an electric pump. The problem with an electric pump, is of course the need for electricity. If you need to pump large volumes of water out quickly without working hard, electric pumps are great.