The Questions Are Simple.
In the terrible aftermath of the Japanese Tsunami and Superstorm Sandy the questions are simple: Would you rather stand in line to get gasoline for your fuel-powered electric generator or just be able to simply pull a rope and have a viable power source available to you? Would you rather have a power source that is dependent on fuels or other consumables or have an independent power source that harnesses a fundamental force that is continuously, reliably and predictably available.
Would you risk yours, your family, and your neighbor’s health with the exhaust and pollution of a fuel-powered generator or have a power generator that has no exhaust, pollution, or byproducts and can be located and operated conveniently and safely in your home or business?
A Natural, Sustainable, and Viable Solution
Whether it’s Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, the Japanese Tsunami, remote and isolated areas of the world, or simply as a supplement to the power you use in your home or business there is a natural, sustainable, and viable solution to the need of emergency or supplemental power. For several years I have been working on a concept of the Gravity Powered Generator and have produced a viable, production-quality model to introduce and demonstrate the reality of the Gravity Powered Generator as envisioned in this project.
The Gravity Powered Generator (GPG) concept is the production of electrical power from the combination of the force of gravity pulling on weights and human power resetting the weights into the start position. The paradigm I use to describe the function of the GPG device is what one colleague called “the grandfather clock on steroids”. The weights pull down on a sprocket chain that causes rotation in an axle. The rotation is then transferred into a gearbox that, in a grandfather clock, would be the equivalent of the clockwork mechanism. However, rather than slowing down the rotation and moving the hands of the clock we are speeding the rotation up with a series of step-up gear ratios that increases the speed of the rotation. That increased rotation is fed into a DC generator that turns to produce DC power. The DC power can then be sent to a standard power storage unit similar to the power storage units used in Solar and Wind Turbine power generation. From the power storage units we can obtain the needed AC power or in some cases use the power stored in the battery units to supply DC power for battery powered or chargeable devices like cellular phones, medical equipment, and other DC devices.
The production prototype has produced over ten amps of current that can be sent to a standard power storage device. The GPG device has the potential of much more power production with further enhancements that can be easily done in continued design work.