A child from Abra Malaga Peru in the Andean mountains enjoys her studies, using a headlamp charged with the bucket generator installed during the summer of 2013. Visit our blog to learn more about the project: http://www.five-gallon-bucket-hydroelectric.org/blog/
The generator uses a Toyota alternator modified with permanent magnets. The conversion can be done in small workshops in developing countries by artisans with basic skills.
Made almost entirely from locally sourced materials, the FIve Gallon Bucket Hydroelectric Generator can be part of an energy scheme that uses local talent to manufacture and maintain the generator.
Getting to the site with the materials for the installation was a challenge. Some of the materials were brought to the site with horses… others had to be brought in by the team. Visit our blog to read more about the project: http://www.five-gallon-bucket-hydroelectric.org/blog/
A communities’ productivity and the future of its young people are enhanced by the ability to work and study at night. Charging stations powered by the Five Gallon Bucket Hydroelectric Generator charge LED headlamps, radios and cell phones. Visit our blog to learn more about the project: http://www.five-gallon-bucket-hydroelectric.org/blog/
The original bucket generator used an expensive General Motors based permanent magnet alternator (PMA) built in the States. The new generators built for Abra Malaga Peru use the Toyota based PMA developed be Sam Redfield in Guatemala. The Nippondenso alternator that we now use is perhaps the most common alternator in use worldwide and can […]
The installation in La Florida Guatemala provided a short term solution to the communities broken hydroelectric plant. The cell phones for the entire community(around 20 phones) and my camera and i-pod were fully charged in about an hour! The generator and penstock at La Florida. The community looks on. See Sam Redfield’s account […]
The generators that we built this summer in Peru were made almost entirely from locally sourced materials. The new Toyota Alternator-based permanent magnet alternator (PMA) was used in their construction. The only materials that we brought from the States were the permanent magnets used in the alternator. Next time we do an installation we hope […]
Cell phones have become an increasingly important tool for remote agrarian communities. Access to market information helps a farmer get the best price for their produce, banking is made easier with cell phones, family in distant cities are brought closer, and medical services and information are made more accessible. Small agrarian communities without access to […]
The Five Gallon Bucket Hydroelectric Generator is a pico hydroelectric generator housed in a five-gallon bucket. Developed by Sam Redfield to address the lack of commercially available small-scale hydroelectric power in developing countries, the generator is a low-cost, appropriate-technology solution to the problem of supplying electricity to those at the bottom of the economic ladder. The generator is […]
During the Summer of 2013 Rotary International funded a Five Gallon Bucket Generator installation in the Andean highlands of Peru. The project was a collaboration between Cusco-Peru based Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos (ECOAN) and Syracuse-New York based engineering students from SUNY-ESF. The project, conceived by Brian Hettler of the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), had been in […]
Our partners are a diverse group of Universities, NGO’s and other organizations that share a commitment to increasing the availability of renewable energy technologies in the developing world. These technologies foster independence through sustainability. Our partners share a common purpose in addressing the scarcity of reliable and affordable energy in developing countries through engineering and design. Past […]