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  1. 1 Brennar Lauterbach April 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Richard,

    Well done. Just brilliant really. Just seen your bicycle featured on Daily Planet here in Canada. I want to build a portable generator that easily attached to one’s bicycle to charge a portable power unit. Then people in developing countries (or ours during a blackout) can use the power generated for lighting, cooking or to simply charge a mobile phone or laptop.

    I also would like to suggest a “Spin Cycle Dryer” barrel that you could incorporate into your design. I’m sure you’ve heard of a salad spinner, they’re used in many restaurants (i’ve worked in more than a few) to dry lettuce after washing it. It’s simply a grated tube that spins within a barrel. You could have a separate drum (or better yet, a modified grated cylinder that would be fitted to be placed inside the original washing drum) that you put your clothes in and this time people would be encouraged to ride as fast as they can to spin the clothes dry! The key would be to have the spun-out water not exceed the height of the grated tube (from a lateral perspective) when finished drying the clothes and at rest.

    Hope this helps and all the best in the future. I have to look up more info on double-fed induction generator or alternator to see how I can combine this technology in the most portable and cost effective way to a bicycle. If you have any feedback, please feel free to contact me anytime.

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