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Disaster Preparedness with a Prius

December 31, 2017

I commonly get questions about battery backups, generators, solar panels, and other provisions which might be useful for disaster preparedness. There were plenty of disaster-related comments on social media at the end of September, due to Hurricane Maria hitting the coastline of the United States. And while most of us enjoy fantastic electric service on […]

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The ENERGIZER – DIY Exercise Bike Generator

April 14, 2013

I’ve always been impressed with exercise bike generator displays at renewable energy exhibits. So, a while back, when I saw a classic Schwinn exercise bike at the thrift store, I nabbed it with the plan to make it into an EXERCISE BIKE GENERATOR! Earth Week is only a week away, and since our local eco-group […]

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Wind Energy – Now happening in Milwaukee

November 3, 2011

Today, I attended a ground-breaking ceremony in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The ground-breaking was for a new 100KW (one hundred-thousand watts) wind turbine project to be located at the Port of Milwaukee. Creating renewable energy through wind turbines is a natural fit for the coastlines of this country, including the “Middle Coast” of the Great Lakes. As […]

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Remote start for Hybrid Generator

December 19, 2010

I got the remote starter feature on the generator all up and running. The video explains it all. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell […]

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Generator mounting bracket

December 17, 2010

Yesterday, most of the work on the project was to physically mount the generator. I still had plenty of old bed-frame laying around. Not the easiest material to work with, but the price was right! (FREE!) I measured the generator and the back area of the car, and then cut the bed frame to size. […]

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Generator Update – 12/12/2010

December 12, 2010

Well, here’s a video showing the basics of how the generator work. I did get all the sheet metal back on the generator, although I still need 18 more metric screws total. (It amazes me how much more metric screws cost than standard here in the States!) I also need to get a muffler for […]

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Starting the Chevy ReVolt Hybrid project

November 30, 2010

Well, I guess I just threw my hat over the fence. For some time, I have been wanting to do some work on my “Electro-Metro” Electric Geo Metro conversion to add a “range-extender” feature to it. The idea is simple – provide SOME of the energy to power the car with an on-board generator. The […]

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