5K40.83 - Bicycle Generator

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Bicycle Generator
Power of the Human Body
Area of Study:
Electricity & Magnetism
Bicycle Generator.

This experiment is designed to show what it feels like to generate 100 watts of power.  100 watts is the average power generated by the human body when at rest.

Since we are using an alternator instead of a generator we need to have a 6 volt battery to energize the field coil.  Once the coil has been energized the battery is disconnected and the alternator is self-sustaining.  The alternator itself (field coil) consumes about 20 watts of power.  There are 7 light bulbs each capable of 12 watts which may be switch in individually.  Maximum total power output should be around 105 watts for this unit.

NOTE: A minimum speed needs to be maintained to keep the field coil energized.

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