Fluxxlab with Mouna Andraos taught a workshop on Alternative Energy at Eyebeam on 04.05.08 in conjunction with the FEEDBACK exhibition, where participants were shown how to make a new and improved version of the personal powerPlant. Eyebeam will have the first edition of the kits for sale in the bookshop after 04.19.08 - more venues are soon to come.
Preparing for the workshop.
Our demo version of the personal powerPlant for reference. The new design incorporates a cardboard box and masonite gears instead of acrylic.
Setting up the kits before the workshop.
The kits contain similar parts to the original PPP, but we have switched out the 7.2 V NiMH battery for a standard 9V. We will post updated instructions on Instructables and electroniccrafts.org once we have the kits finalized.
Paricipants of the Alternative Energy Workshop in coordination with the FEEDBACK Exhibition.
Soldering the circuitboard.
Testing out the visual multimeter with the stepper motor. It works!
Video: Testing out the visual multimeter
We added the donated, reclaimed panels from 3form. They look really beautiful. In the near future we will install all four door panels, but for now it is just two. We also made some adjustments to the mechanism, since the large sprocket was slipping from the central shaft.
Four different types of reclaimed 3form with embedded materials such as - copper wires, shell, tree branches, glass.
Detail of the panels with copper wire and shell.