Students design low-cost electric generator
Marquette University students create an electric generator made from auto salvage parts. The generator runs off a water wheel or windmill.
completed a project that required them to build an electric generator that
could run off of a water wheel or a windmill. One requirement for the project
was that all of the parts for the generator components had to come from an auto
Mark Polczynski, engineering
director and head of Marquette's Engineering Management Program, said,
"The idea was that people in underdeveloped or rural countries do not have
the money to purchase fancy generators, but they do have access to salvaged
auto parts. The student's design can be replicated by almost anyone in the
world that has access to junked auto parts."
By using reclaimed parts,
"the students spent around $150 creating their generator, a solar panel
that would generate nearly the same energy output would cost around $1,500,"