WolfDen: I hope everyone is having a good week!
Jul 31, 2019 18:04:38 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi all - been away for quite a while - hope you are all well.
Aug 4, 2019 20:52:42 GMT 10
WolfDen: Hi SA. Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Aug 5, 2019 0:01:16 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Up to 40mm rain by the weekend - and cold & windy. Stay warm & dry peeps.
Aug 6, 2019 23:02:47 GMT 10
spinifex: Was working out on an exposed hilltop in a paddock when the front came through. Nearly got blown away by a squall that must have been 100kmh. Battling to stand up in it and quite a few trees had large branches snapped off.
Aug 9, 2019 15:46:27 GMT 10
fei: If anyone is wondering how clueless journos are about firearms, have a look at 60 Minutes tonight. Apparently the airsoft gun those lads in Canada played with before their rampage is "one of the closest objects on the market to a realistic machine gun"
Aug 11, 2019 19:02:38 GMT 10
fei: I guess the fact that it fires plastic balls 20 metres makes it really dangerous and realistic
Aug 11, 2019 19:03:17 GMT 10
spinifex: Hi Fei, Good to see you back. Yeah, what a bunch of morons. We all have bigger fish to fry.
Aug 11, 2019 21:31:32 GMT 10
spinifex: Anyone else here watch the David Attenborough show on Climate Change? Pretty depressing. Why worry about gel guns? Or real ones? Looks like my desalination experiments just got more pertinent.
Aug 11, 2019 21:34:46 GMT 10
spinifex: Soon the only reliable water left will be the sea. Evidently there wont be much left living in that either. Bring on the asteroid.
Aug 11, 2019 21:36:14 GMT 10
WolfDen: Hello everybody. Hope you all have had good weekend and ready take this week on!
Aug 12, 2019 19:40:41 GMT 10
SA Hunter: HI all - hope you are well - finally some sunshine after over a week of wet, windy weather.
Aug 13, 2019 9:43:09 GMT 10
thereth: Gday lads, long time no see!
Aug 13, 2019 18:25:49 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi reth - how've you been?
Aug 13, 2019 22:24:22 GMT 10
thereth: yeah good mate, flat out, new house, job and all that since I have been here, thought I would jump back into the lifestyle, the eldest daughter is pretty keen which has given me a push
Aug 13, 2019 22:26:40 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Glad to hear things are working out for you-good to have family on board too.
Aug 14, 2019 17:58:21 GMT 10
thereth: thanks, finally bought a few acres (not sure if I had that last time I was on here) so have been working on getting all that sorted
Aug 14, 2019 18:37:04 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi all. Welcome to our newest members.
Aug 17, 2019 19:23:26 GMT 10
blueshoes: Hey people that like firearms, and are in victoria, do you know ms Fiona Patten is conducting an enquiry as to whether our gun laws are tight enough, submissions are open now til november... www.parliament.vic.gov.au/lsic-lc/article/4244
Aug 18, 2019 21:50:35 GMT 10
I have some knowledge and thoughts there as I spent a bit of time looking at various options, this from the top of my head.
20W/h when you're hiding inside, possibly useful. You might not for instance want to show panels on the roof to remain hidden, or if you were in a bunker, they might be your only means of power. It's small, clunky, a little heavy to put in a pack, though will give you something. Canadian prepper [youtube] did a review on it a while back. The other side of it is a 10W panel will get you about 25Wh/day [winter], folding ones are cheap, one piece ones are cheaper. Depends on application.
Your average human can generate about 70W/hr and probably at about an hour of endurance for most, with a bit of time and/or fitness increase perhaps 6hrs a day could be done for about 250-400Wh/day. You'll get some losses in conversions though lets just go with that. You can hook up an exercise bike with a 200W 12V [well it could be any voltage but you need to match with the regulator and battery] scooter/bike motor with a sprocket, the speed should be about right for an exercise bike [make sure it has a chain], and if you can use a welder or even lots of screws/pop rivets you can attach it. The more suitable bike would be one with a flywheel such as 'circuit bike'. Use a MPPT solar regulator [$10] and you've got a 12V charger, charge a battery. Bulky, but if you have an exercise bike, you can make a bracket you hook it up with if you ever needed to. I have the kit ready, though I have not welded it up in case I sell the bike [which I'm contemplating], but the brackets, wire and regulator are all there ready to be installed. Do I think it would work, absolutely, do I think it's better than solar, nope. What it does do is give a stealthy way of making a useful amount of power and I'm a little challenged as to it's utility compared to solar due to the extra costs in food of about 3000kj/hr.
I'll need to look up the reference, but this reminds me of a wealthy chap in the last couple of centuries or so - he hooked up a revolving gate at the entrance to his property to a water pump, so every time anyone entered they would pump water from the well into a water tank.
Apologies for the vague lack of detail, but it's an interesting concept. What if human effort could be used to inadvertently provide power/water flow/etc?
Of course it's not a lot of power, though the idea of a daily win-win would indeed help them understand most of society better, rather than what most criminals know, aka win-loss [which usually comes from child abuse and I digress].
Post by doglovingjim on Feb 9, 2018 21:37:04 GMT 10
Fascinating. I always wanted to build myself a human-powered generator of some sort with an old stationary bike but don't have the intellect to figure out how. Would be good though as it serves a purpose as well as keeping you fit and ready, I wonder if there are any guides on how it works and how to build one.