Bicycles might be a good option for transportation inside the village. Old bikes can be used as a base and everyone could do some upgrades like a basket for transporting extra stuff, or using old electronics for producing energy and therefore light. I will be working on this during the summer but here is a prototype of the project!
Awesome idea! I think another cool transportation option would be electric longboards. You can carry a good amount of weight to move random objects around along with ride them. It’s possible to charge them with renewable energy.Bikes are the obvious route though. Just including the idea!
Dynamo hubs are readily available for powering lights. You will just need someone with wheelbuilding experience and about $40 per bike for spokes and nipples. Bike tourists the world over will tell you there’s no reason to to reinvent the wh- I mean… dynamo. 🙂
A few relevant links:
– How Much Does Dynamo Hub Drag Really Slow You Down?
– Tandem Cargo Tricycle (1940) & More Vintage Dutch Carrier Bikes
– Eight-Wheeler Cargo Cycle
– How to Carry a Foldable Workshop on The Rear Rack of Your Bicycle
– Build your own pedal powered machines
– The short history of early pedal powered machines
– Pedal powered farms and factories: the forgotten future of the stationary bicycle
– Bike powered electricity generators are not sustainable
– International Cargo Bike Festival 2018 – Exhibitors
Have you considered the idea of Ebikes? There’s a ton of DIY stuff out there for them now. I think they could really help with transportation speed around the campus and into town if need be. This concept doesn’t need to be restricted to bikes either. With some simple modifications we could make these into some kind of 3-4 wheel hauler for moving projects around and into test sites. Especially useful for moving materials during construction. I saw another guy’s project on here where he was making powerwalls out of recycled laptop batteries (xxxolivierxxx). The same batteries could be used to make powerpacks for the Ebikes. We could even have a charging and swap station where these packs could be swapped out for a new one when they got low.
Im personally very interested in the energy systems of this community so the idea of a vehicle system that can tap straight into these renewable distributed sources is very appealing to me. Im thinking if we can get a really solid energy grid going, we can even sell some of it back to the main grid for some passive income to cut into the baseline cost of the community .
If the idea is interesting to you, message me back and we could meet online for a brainstorm or just keep throwing ideas around on here.
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