I built my first pedal-powered computer back in January 2010. I built it for three reasons:
I have been using one almost every day since then.
Over the years, I've been able to generate a significant amount of useful energy:
|year||total electricity generated (watthrs)||average electricity generated each day (watthrs)||average time spent pedalling each day|
|2010||33,070||153||2 hrs, 35 min|
|2011||51,702||155||2 hrs, 34 min|
|2012||60,768||177||3 hrs, 8 min|
|2013||68,488||192||3 hrs, 7 min|
|2014||54,055||150||2 hrs, 46 min|
|2015||44,146||121||3 hrs, 3 min|
|2016||52,191||143||3 hrs, 3 min|
|151||3 hrs, 29 min|
Of course, a pedal-powered generator is very unlikely to meet all your energy needs. I can't generate enough electricity to cook my food, run our refrigerator, or heat hot water. I currently generate about 3% of the total electricity my wife and I consume. That may not sound like much, but it's enough to run my home office plus recharge most of the battery-operated equipment we own.
I created this site to share what I've learned using a pedal-powered computer. If you have experience using one, or want more information on how to get started, I'd love to hear from you. You can reach me via the contact form. Thanks for visiting,
Bikes At Work
Ames, Iowa USA