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How To Generate Electricity In An Emergency

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Whether a large-scale terrorist attack, a natural disaster, or a bad storm, learning how to generate electricity will be a big help in an emergency situation.

And while you do not need electrical power to be a hunter for the rest of your life, if you want to help return human society to its previous greatness– or just have the ability to watch television again– you’ll have to know how to generate electricity.

Here is a list of methods of creating your own power:

1 – The Bicycle Generator:

I chose this topic first because it’s such a simple concept.

By turning the gears (or wheel) of your bike, you turn it into a Rotor. So you can create electrical energy and get a workout at the same time.

Want to boil some water? No problem put in twenty minutes on the DIY bike generator, and you are cooking!

Need some light to read light? Keep pedalling while you are reading and you will have light for as long as you are on the bike!

Undoubtedly, this needs physical labor. A bike-generator will not heat a house. But if you need electricity for small, quick tasks, a bike generator is a healthy method to tackle it.

photo of a treadmill motorYou don’t have to use a complete bike for this – you can use old bike parts for this generator. So there is no need to dismantle your prized bug out bike.

In this video, they use a treadmill motor to turn motion into electricity, here’s where you can get a treadmill motor.

2 – Hydroelectric Generator

I am going to go ahead and call hydroelectricity the BEST option of how to generate electricity on this list. Due to the fact that it’s reputable, it’s constant, and it’s incredibly effective.

Hydroelectric power has been in usage for thousands of years. The Greeks were first ones recognized for converting moving water into  a grinding wheat. There was no electricity involved, but they were using the energy from running water for grinding flour.

Which is exactly the principle behind generating hydroelectric power?

Water wheels are the most popular way of achieving hydroelectric energy. By positioning the wheel in the moving water, the movement of the water is moved to the spinning wheel. This wheel is then attached to the Rotor. And the energy is collected by Stator prior to being moved to a battery.

Most streams and rivers flow at a fast rate. Therefore, hydroelectric energy can  produced non-stop very efficiently.

Unfortunately, structure and installing a practical hydroelectric plant yourself is complicated. Not impossible, however needs a great deal of insight, preparation, and planning.

And naturally, you need a running body of water nearby too. So these setups are limited to being near a body of water

3 – Wind Energy:

Wind is one of the next best options on how to generate electricity on this list.

The simple idea is  – large blades capture the wind and the shaft turns to power a Rotor/Stator.

However, these wind turbines require a lot of maintenance and makes tis a problem for the average person.

This is the reason the large wind farms have a team of highly trained engineers. Theie specialty is managing wind turbines. But it’s beginning to be an easier process.

 Investing in an efficient Rotor/Stator set up is the most important part of setting up a wind turbine. A turbine needs to capture as much wind as possible.

However, windy conditions are needed to make a turbine effective.. Wind energy will not do you much good if you live where the air is mainly calm most of the time.

The DIY wind-powered electric generator needs reliable winds in order to pay off with consistant electricity. 

4 – Hand Crank Generator: Hand Crank Flashlight

I have a handcranked flashlight that needs no battery charging at all.

photo of a crank flashlightAll you have to do is crank the handle until you have produced enough friction to power the thing. This is a standard type of hand crank generator, and the one that you can build is comparable.

This electrical generation resembles the bike generator. It requires human effort to produce electrical energy. In other words, you get it what effort you put into it.

Hand crank generators are not your best choice for every situation, however they will come in handy in a pinch.

Here’s a video on how to generate electricity using an old cordless drill and turning it into a DIY hand crank generator:

5 – Compost Heat Generator

How about creating heat from waste?

Now, heat is not electrical energy, nevertheless, heat is a form of energy and highly helpful.

It’s likewise amazing to be able to utilize garden compost materials (wood chips, grass clippings, mulch, hay, and so on) to create abundant quantities of heat. Heat you can utilize to warm a small home, a greenhouse, and even to heat a hot-tub.

6 – Atmospheric Energy Generator

Our atmosphere is full of  electrical energy waiting to be tapped. But that’s the difficulty, how can you tap this energy for use and usage?

It’s possible to create an amount of “free” energy however there is not anything I know of that has actually been invented to do so at a bigger scale. Nevertheless, it’s a source of energy to watch out for, in our contemporary world, new inventions are constantly being created and developed.

7 – Solar Power

Solar power is popular and it is common knowledge that lots of homes are either fully or partly using this method to generate electricity.

Now the sun’s rays are totally free but collecting it and converting it into usable energy is not.

Nevertheless, you can cut the costs of installing a solar system substantially if you comprehend how it works and how to develop your own DIY solar power system. Watch this video below to learn more.

8 – Biogas Generator

The basic concept behind a biogas generator is fairly easy. You simply require a source of natural wastes such as farming waste, manure, municipal waste, plant material, sewage, green waste or food waste. You then take these natural wastes and put them into a big bin or tank called a digester.

In the digester, you fill it with a particular ratio of natural product and water.

As the natural waste breaks down, it releases heat and gas.

This bio-gas can then power a generator, which then converts the low-cost (frequently free) “waste material” biogas into electrical power.

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