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New Project: The "Genny" Cellphone Charger and Power Source for Africa

Convert a vehicle alternator into a cellphone charger that has power to spare for grinding grain, pumping water, and running machines.

New Project: The "Genny" Cellphone Charger and Power Source for Africa

The "Genny" is a multi-purpose treadle-powered machine for rural areas of developing countries, a power source for such needs as:

  • Charging cellphones
  • Charging batteries
  • Processing grain
  • Providing peak power for undersized solar systems
  • Turning water pumps and machine tools

Local – Not Imported

Gennies can be built using locally available materials, tools, and skills.

Their treadle power could be generated by local students in return for much-needed money for school uniforms and fees.


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