Crank Power Electricity
Crank power electricity is produced by your physical
cranking of a device. As a kid, I grew up in Petersburg, IL.
Abe Lincoln lived there for about six years, in a log cabin, just a
mile or two from my house. I remember visiting New Salem
(allot) & seeing harnessed oxen going round and round. Their
effort was transferred to huge stone plates to grind grains for
flour, etc. I'm pretty sure they also powered a large loom
that made the village tailors job equitable? Anyway, physical
energy can be transferred into electricity as well, if your willing
to just go round and round or manipulate a beast.
There's pedal powered energy generators, hand crank
devices to utilize in real time and even shoe based energy to power
your pedometer that's data can be disseminated on the Internet.
If only we could utilize the thermoelectric potential from hot air
expelled from pie holes (mouths) worldwide. A handful of politicians could
power the world!?!
I haven't found many devices that are powered
exclusively by crank input (variable energy source) as they seem best
suited for recharging components. Cranks are usually a
supplemental power source for things like lights, radios and
flashlights...but most useful with charging batteries or capacitor.
Storing my effort for later use is relative to physically working
today for connection with utility later, a good deal.
The additional electricity that a little effort can
provide could be essential. While I'm cowering in a basement,
frightened by tornados & hail, I don't think I will draw straws on who wants
to crank the weather radio!?
Here's a company working on crank power technology
that has the hand power down pretty well & is working on pedal