Jhai Foundation is in need of plans for the conversion of bicycles for electric power generation. We have tried using a bicycle with a simple roller generator and have found that method unsuitable. We need a design which include a flywheel and a generator capable of supplying 5 - 10 amperes of direct current at 12 volts. It should be rugged enough to last 10 years with daily use.
Information about plans, kits, or other resources can be sent to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Jhai Foundation's Remote IT Village project has as its objectives the creation of a wireless Local Area Network that will serve the needs of rural villagers in Laos. Villagers in areas without electricity or telephony will connect through the network to the Lao telephone system to make voice phone calls within Laos. They will connect to the Internet to make Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol (VOIP) calls internationally. Villagers have requested these capabilities to support sales of rice and other crops within Laos, and to arrange sales of handwoven textiles overseas. They will also communicate with expatriate family members. At the core of Remote IT Village is the Jhai PC. This rugged, solid-state computer has extremely low power requirements, and will run a version of Linux localized for the Lao language. The Jhai PC will be powered by gel batteries charged by foot-crank generator. (The foot-crank generator has been chosen over solar to ensure adequate power during the rainy season.) Jhai Foundation has determined that it will be advantageous to produce foot-crank generators within Laos. For more information about the Remote IT Village project, please see: http://www.jhai.org/jhai_remoteIT.html and http://www.techempower.net/0/Editorial.asp?aff_id=0&obj_id=794 Many thanks, Ed Gaible Edmond Gaible, Ph.D. Natoma www.natomagroup.com 350 Townsend Street, ste 309 San Francisco CA 94107 USA +1 415 543 6643 / 415 863 6398 ------------ ***GKD is solely supported by EDC, a Non-Profit Organization*** To post a message, send it to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>. In the 1st line of the message type: subscribe gkd OR type: unsubscribe gkd Archives of previous GKD messages can be found at: <http://www.edc.org/GLG/gkd/>