[clug] Exercise and pay the bills!

Simon Fowler simon at himi.org
Sun Feb 8 02:02:17 GMT 2009

On Sun, Feb 08, 2009 at 07:45:56AM +1100, Paul Wayper wrote:
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> Hi all,
> I had an idea a couple of days ago that I'd like to explore with some hardware
> and electrical engineering types.  I'm hoping to find them on this list :-)
> Most exercise machines sold these days just use either friction, magnetic
> coupling or resistive loads as the 'sink' for work done.  Since Kate and I are
> in the process of getting a solar panel system put in, and the inverter can
> take 48VDC and put it onto the grid as 240VAC, I was thinking of getting a
> 48VDC generator and hooking it up to some exercise system and generating
> actual usable power while I work out.
What are the prices and rebates on solar panel systems? I've had a
quick look into them (out of curiosity more than anything, since
we're renting at the moment), but all I've seen are quite broad

Also, what are the numbers on paying for itself, and the expected


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