Although a bit dated, the Sept 2, 2010 Economist article: “Energy in the developing world” reinforces the messages of Community Solutions Initiative. http://www.economist.com/node/16909923 The article stated that lighting for a rural home, through low cost LEDs, is less than $25. The prototype LED flashlights we have built are quite inexpensive, less than $5 for a 4 … Continue reading Economist article on energy in developing nations
This last week my dad, Michael Dauenhauer and I built the second version of the light cycle. We now have it installed at the IncSys office. We based it off of the original design by Brian Waldron (a Gonzaga University student) and Dr. Robin Podmore. We stuck mostly to the plans but have added a … Continue reading Light Cycle version 2 built
http://practicalaction.org/docs/energy/blades_manual.pdf This report belongs to the same Department of International Development UK project in Sri Lanka. But, it specifically addresses the fabrication of fiber glass blades. This may be applicable if there is a wind-rich area where a local entrepreneur(s) wants to expand the business to multiple charging stations. There may be a business case … Continue reading Building Fiber Glass Blades
http://www.scoraigwind.com/download/Bookletwind.pdf This is a report by Department of International Development UK describing real world applications of small wind turbine electric generation in Sri Lanka and Peru published in 2001. Hugh Piggott is one of the authors. It makes the case for a locally produced system for the same reasons we are heading toward that … Continue reading Small Wind System for Battery Charging
These are a group of photos I took during fabrication of stator and blades.