V Coblentz wrote:So why couldn't an air compressor be powered by said springs? I haven't made a very in-depth study of energy requirements for a compressor, but I do know that there are many household appliances that have been converted to air power. A pressure switch could be added to activate a shaft brake to engage our release as needed, therefore conserving spring energy. Just some rambling thoughts.
Troy Rhodes wrote:
An air compressor -could- be powered by a spring. But the spring or springs would be somewhere in size between a refrigerator and a car. Springs are made of high quality steel, so this would not be an inexpensive method of storing energy.
I'm thinking along the lines of gear tooth wheels and a crank to hold the spring from unwinding when no power is exerted on it. This way, the horses can have a rest and wind the spring indefinately