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Revision as of 19:42, 5 May 2009


Waterpod Engr215 Student Projects

WindPod Turbine - Pico in a Bucket - Rocket Stove - Coopatron 5000 - FBD Rainwater Purification - Bicycle Energy Generator - Hang Thyme - Tour de Volts - Filter Commander 9000 - Soil-less Growing System - Composting Toilet -


As the need for renewable energy has become more aware by the concerned public, we have discovered ways to ween ourselves off our dependence of fossil fuels and nuclear power. Our team has designed an alternative way to convert kinetic energy to AC power by means of a bicycle energy generator. With this, the WaterPod as well as others can use our design to generate their own electricity.


The Bicycle Energy Generator will use kinetic energy supplied through a mechanical system and return usable DC current by means of a direct current energy generator. Direct current will then run through an electrical circuit and eventually be stored in a bank of marine batteries. This battery bank will provide a source of usable energy for the Water Pod community. Keywords:

Problem Analysis and Criteria

Criteria Weight Description
Safety 10 Must be designed to support a person up to 300lbs and allow the cyclist to ride without being harmed.
Functions for 5 months 10 Design must withstand daily use for 5 months.
Cost 9 Entire design must cost less than $300.
Shippability 8 The System must be able to be shipped through mail from California to New York, considering the size, shape, and weight of the design.
Compatibility with other Bicycles 8 Design must be to incorporate different styles and sizes of bikes to run the system.
Power output generated 7 Design must be able to produce an adequate amount of energy for the WaterPod's daily use.
Aesthetically Pleasing 6 Design must look professional.
Educational value 5 Design must provide visitors with an educational experience.

Final Design


See this example of a cost table for more on tables.

Possible alternative materials


Estimated time of construction


Material What We Paid Retail Price
Bike Stand $50.00 $299.99
Shipping and Handling $24.00 $24.00
DC Motor $65.00 $404.99
Fuse $0.99 $0.99
Fuse holder $2.69 $2.69
12 gauge wire(15 ft) $4.99 $4.99
Voltmeter $9.99 $9.99
Diode Free $1.59
Voltage Regulator Free %19.99
Total $157.66 $769.22




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