Progress Log #1: Project Plan

A project log for The Scooterbine

Renewable energy from unwanted, unloved motors, and a mean scooter.

Sam GriffenSam Griffen 04/13/2020 at 05:340 Comments

This site seems like as good a place as any to log my progress on this project, so I will do my best to upload any progress files, and log any advancements here.

As it stands, I am still in the very early stages of this project. I have scrapped a single washing machine motor from a machine my neighbours were throwing out, and was very kindly given 6 Jump scooter motors from the amazing people over at Uber. The first step with these motors will be to analyse how they output power. It will likely be important to know how power output is related to rotation speed, as this will determine whether I can get away with a direct drive system, or whether I will need to design some sort of gear system. I will also need to analyse the IV output graph, and how it changes with generator speed as well. Ideally this analysis will allow me to determine maximum power output conditions, and develop an electronic system to control the generation.

Additionally, it is important to have an idea of wind speeds in the area of the turbine, so that I can ensure the turbine does not operate in dangerous conditions. This will be my first project, building an easily replicated anemometer to get an idea of how the wind behaves around my house. This should also help with choosing a location for the turbines.