Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Mobile Pedal-Powered Generator


As our entry for the Innovate or Die contest, we've built a bicycle-powered electric generator capable of charging multiple electronic applications while on the go. Using a simple switch, the system can be turned off by the rider while in motion, thus disabling the electrical system and eliminating the generator shaft torque. The entire device is mounted on a standardized and easily removable bike rack, allowing users to easily move it from one bike to another. The system can produce about 120 watts, enabling it to charge either two laptops or about 4 iPods or cell phones simultaneously. No major modifications were made to the bike during installation.

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