Energy is all around us, but on a near daily basis we find ourselves low on charge by the end of the day. The objective of Cycle Charger is to harness the rotational energy of a bicycle ride and store the energy in a battery for a late day boost. Cycle Charger aims to be completely out of the way, requiring no user input beyond riding and plugging in.
- Kyle Cummings
- Nathan Genstein
- Kaylynn Williamson
- Sam Chai (TA)
- Through the use of a "bottle dynamo" we will use the rotation of the wheel of the bike to rotate magnets in the presence of a copper coil to generate electricity.
- Using a "rectifier" we will convert the AC current created from the generator into DC current. Then a capacitor will be used to generate smooth current that a phone can use.
- We will then feed the generated current into a battery that is fastened to the bike where it will be stored. There will also be a detachable portable charger that will be charged from the main battery.
- Learning how to properly assemble a bottle dynamo.
- Sizing the components of the bottle dynamo properly to avoid friction/ rapid unscheduled disassembly.
- Fastening the components to the bicycle in such a way that the wires won't come loose with the vibration of the bike.
- Wiring the battery in such a way that the fluctuation in the energy generation does not damage the components.
- Figuring out how to not make the generator overheat
- Prevent the alternator from inadvertently becoming a motor from the battery.
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Copper Wire - given
Iron Core - given
Permanent Magnets - given
Insulated Wire - given
Full Wave Bridge Rectifer x 5 - $6.99
50V, 6800uF Capacitor x 5 - $14.57
Portable Charger - $9.99
PVC Pipe for the case holding dynamo
Metal Brackets for attaching the dynamo and battery to the bicycle