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Half-baked Energy Project by an Unhandy Nitwit

I'd like to make a treadle-powered washing-machine generator. I have no idea how much power it would actually produce, but I'd love to be able to at least partially charge my lap-top battery with it. I often sit at the computer most of the day, and treadle-power would give me some much-needed exercise along with meeting at least some of our energy needs at home. I'm not sure if there are any local washing-machine brands that could be substituted-- and in any case, I'm not sure it would be so easy to get a discarded washing machine here. But we have a pretty much non-functional treadle sewing machine that could be used for the treadle power.


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Comment by Ursula Kochanowsky on April 9, 2010 at 8:10pm
hahahahaha..you're a leftie... *grin* it would be interesting..
Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 9, 2010 at 8:30pm
I can fling a mouse with either hand, actually-- started using my left when I got a bit of carpal tunnel a few years ago. Seems to work better.
Comment by Chris Ke Sihai on April 13, 2010 at 11:51am
Well, the treddle collects enough kinetic energy to drive a sewing machine. So in theory that kinetic energy can be harnessed and put to use.

A modern sewing machine usually requires mains electricity, say 500W minimum, and is a lot more powerful than the old pedal-powered machines.

I just looked at the base of my laptop, and it says 19v, 2.6A - that's only about 50W. But your kinetic energy needs to be converted to electricity at, say, 20-30% efficiency. So maybe you need to generate 200W ???

This is just a guess, but I doubt your muscle power is going to be enough. It's partly to do with the body mechanics, you're just not using the right muscles. An 'exercise bike' connected to a generator may be way to go.
Comment by Iyamuremye Jean de Dieu on April 14, 2010 at 9:56am
This is like the technology improvement.


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