Portable Energy Scavenging Kit
A lightweight, low-cost kit for collecting, storing, and providing energy -- off-the-grid.
-- Modular and interchangeable kit design
-- Energy sources: solar, kinetic (crank, wind, water paddle, etc), battery
-- Energy storage: various battery chemistries -- rechargeable NiMH AA, Lithium Ion, salvaged cell phone batteries
-- Energy output: various voltages and currents -- able to charge a cell phone, power an LED lamp -- perhaps a laptop
-- Display and recording of energy capture and usage statistics (LCD, microSD)
-- Off-grid power for communication, lighting, KAP
-- Change the way people think about their energy by giving them statistics of their own energy acquisition and usage
-- Encourage people to begin to take certain energy uses off-grid (cell phone power, lighting)
-- Provide emergency power in case of power outage -- lighting and communication
-- The motivation to reduce reliance on non-renewable energy sources is becomes more straightforward: there is the promise that the individual is enabled to produce all of the energy they need, locally
Version 1.0 (less blue-sky):
-- Put together a custom PCB that combines the components of the open source project outlined here:
-- The result will be a small solar panel + battery kit that can be recharged by the sun, power a cell phone, and can be embedded in e.g. a messenger bag.
-- Able to charge several NiMH AA's, in order to supply power to Canon cameras in the field.
-- Version 0.1a: http://publiclaboratory.org/notes/donblair/12-17-2012/portable-energy-sc...