Human Power Generator
Windstream's Human Power Generator is ideal for educational displays. The Human Power Generator is user friendly, portable and available whenever you have the need for it. The power output is directly proportional to the effort put into it. The Human Power Generator can be a valuable tool in teaching an appreciation of the physical energy required to produce the electricity we tend to take for granted. If you are more interested in transforming your excercise into electricity, you may prefer the Bike Power Generator.
The Human Power Generator is primarily designed to charge a 12Volt, deep cycle battery or to contribute to a 12Volt system. It can also provide DC direct power.
AC appliances can be used with the Human Power Generator by using a DC-AC inverter connected to a battery for stability (see our Portable Power Pack). It is also possible to directly power certain DC powered equipment such as a low power water pump without using a battery. Appliances such as a DC television, light or radio may also be used. However, with this application, a voltage regulator may be required and keep in mind that the electrical current delivered, follows the same rhythym of your pedaling - which is not constant.
The amount of electrical power that can be generated by the Human Power Generator is determined by the energy available to turn the crank . The stronger the user, the more electrical power can be produced. Typical output in watts with the Human Power Generator is about 60 Watts or 35 Watts with handcranks.
The Human Power Generator consists of a heavy, powdercoated steel frame holding a bicycle-like crank, with a step-up chain drive (6.5:1) attached to a permanent magnet DC generator (stock # 443541). Each Human Power Generator comes with standard foot pedals. We also manufacture optional cushioned hand cranks can be attached to the two crank arms for an additional $35.00.
Emergency power generation and battery charging - land and marine.
Measurement of human power and endurance.
Remote or off-grid power for water pumps and small appliances.
Independent radio or radiotelephone systems; emergency communications.
Classroom projects and educational exhibits to demonstrate the amount of effort required to generate electrical power.
If the Human Power Generator is purchased on its own without a Power Pack, it automatically comes with a heavy duty diode protected connecting cable. You can choose the kind of wire termination that suits your application. The most universal cable uses plier- style clips to attach directly to the battery posts.
The diode is built into a small in-line aluminium box and prevents reverse current from traveling back from the battery to the generator. The diode is rated at 35A and is also a Full Wave Bridge that allows the user to pedal safely in either direction regardless of the polarity of the generator.
For more information, contact
Windstream Power directly...
445 Long Point Road
N. Ferrisburg, VT 05473-7089