• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • r ranson
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Mike Haasl
stewards:
  • paul wheaton
  • Joseph Lofthouse
  • James Freyr
master gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • John F Dean
  • jordan barton
gardeners:
  • Jay Angler
  • Greg Martin
  • Leigh Tate

Treadmill, bicycle, or exercise wheel electric generator

 
gardener
Posts: 967
Location: Ohio, USA
188
dog forest garden fish fungi trees urban food preservation solar woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Anyone have one or plan on having one?

My husband asked for a way to run indoors and have that produce electricity. There's one treadmill not fully on the market that can do this (the Verde). In a tiny house video I have seen an exercise wheel that was more or less a hamster wheel for adults. I have also seen bicycle energy generators.

I don't think we have space for a giant treadmill or hanster wheel.  So I either have to invent something smaller that fills the running function (unless you already did) or go with the bike option. Any ideas?
 
pollinator
Posts: 283
Location: Poland
101
purity dog forest garden tiny house books earthworks fiber arts writing wood heat rocket stoves ungarbage
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
It seems to waste a lot of energy just for producing heat. It's better to transform the bike to do a specific job. For example: attach it to a lightbulb - I've seen it in one theatre as part of stage design, the cycling actor had quite a workout during entire show! Or make it into a flour mill (my friends have it; they only buy grain and produce their own flour from it). This way you will use the energy better. If you just want to produce electricity and then plug something in to use that electricity for lighting the bulb or grinding the flour, you will waste a lot more of it.
I have also seen treadmills with usb which can charge a mobile phone, on display in one gallery, but it takes a really really long time to charge it.

There are also manual generators but their efficiency also seems rather low...?
 
pollinator
Posts: 386
Location: Nomadic
35
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
A quick search finds several companies producing human powered generators:
https://youtu.be/OSXldBRtVxM
https://windstreampower.com/
https://www.amazon.com/Pedal-Power-Bicycle-Generator-Emergency/dp/B003GJL6GO
I do not work for and I am not affiliated with any of these companies. They are just examples I picked randomly.
 
I am going to test your electrical conductivity with this tiny ad:
Rocket Mass Heater Plans: Annex 6
https://permies.com/wiki/138231/Rocket-Mass-Heater-Plans-Annex
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic