On May 15th Ellen Degeneres aired her “Green” show where they gave away a free hybrid Toyota Prius car, interviewed Cameron Diaz, and featured 16 pedal power bicycle generators that I built for Global Inheritance who booked this event.
(Click here to see the YouTube video clip of the show.)
Setting up for the show took a few hours. Luckily we were able to find enough bikes to rent from a bicycle shop in Indio. There were small 12-volt lead acid batteries in the black boxes shown below. The people on the bikes charged the 12-volt DC batteries which in turn provided power to the items that were hooked up to them.
Materials to build one runs about $200 to $300, depending on how resourceful you are. All you need to do is pick up a few parts at your local auto parts store, bike store, and hardware store.
Put on your do-it-yourself hat and put together a pedal power generator for your living room!