– DIY, kit, energy harnessing, personal power, Fluxxlab
In collaboration wit Fluxxlab v1.1: 2007, v1.2: 2008, v2.1: 2010, v2.2: 2011
The Personal PowerPlant is a portable device that harnesses electricity through a solar cell and hand crank generator, into a NiMH battery. The device also includes a visual multimeter that monitors the amount of energy stored. Version 1.1 and 1.2 can be used to power applications up to 8V at 70 mA. Version 2.1 and 2.2 can power any USB device.
This project was designed in collaboration with Mouna Andraos and with the assistance of Mike Dory for the Alternative Energy Workshop at Eyebeam in June, 2007. Since then, the project has been taught, developed and constructed for various workshops. Fluxxlab, Mouna Andraos and Farrukh Zia are currently working toward creating a “kit” version of this project. Downloadable instructions on how to make your own personal powerPlant can be found on the Instructables website at www.instructables.com
The project has been documented and exhibited widely from Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in NYC, and Scholes Gallery in Brooklyn.