Energy Production ::
to be honest, once you know how its done, making a thing is relativly easy, and in my quest for knowledge, ive come to conclude that the 2 most valid (biggest bang for he smallest bucks) forms of energy production are wood gassiffication and steam turbine power, with steam being the easiest to make, imo .
Parts are easy to scavenge, and may often be yours for the asking, if you take to dealing with people rather than corporations, like asking farmer bob or constructor joe, instead of Lowes or Home Depot.
neodymium magnets can often be found in computer harddrives, along with bits of gold. you could probably harvest the gold if you like, but i would go for the magnets foremostly.
The main boiler can be made from a water heater tank, and with some valves and dials, can make quite a head of steam (i would reccommend a re-heater in the mix to get it to a dry steam, with a decent PSI for the poundage of the turbine), which can then be lined to spray at a turbine made from metal lids or maybe a used brake rotor thats been ground down to fresh steel. Tines can be made of sheetmetal (16 gauge steel?) and screwed on with machine screws and hex-bolts, and the shaft can be a galvenized pipe of suitable length.
initially, heating can be done with an electrical generator and diswasher heating elements, cranked by a bicycle, or generated by solar power to power the heating elements.
I myself am constructing a smaller series of turbines for myself, with jelly jar lids and tines made of cut up coke cans, screwed on with screws, and with an 8-inch roofing nail as the shaft.
The magnetic dynamo can be made of neodynimium magnets super-glued to an adequate box-tube or roundel of some substance (im using plastic lids), with an electrical generatorhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7Sz8oT8ou0
- electrical generatorhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvHCQswnjEg
- how a transformer works, in order to make themhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYTCy6yruXo
- another transformer info video