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Mechanical Power

Mechanical power, resulting from a combination of forces on an object and its resulting movements, has been used for centuries for agro/food processing, water pumping, irrigation and other productive uses. Despite its effectiveness and usefulness as an energy source for those with little access to conventional sources, there exists little information available and the topic is largely neglected compared with electricity generation and the use of hydrocarbon fuels such as diesel.

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Bicycle Trailers in Zambia

Alison Noble, Published on 2006

This is a comprehensive case study in Zambia that used Practical Action's Bicycle Trailer Technical Brief.

Bombas De Pedal

Neil Noble, Published on 2010

La bomba de pedal es una bomba de tracción humana de bajo coste diseñada para regar elevando aguas poco profundas.

Bicycles

Neil Noble, Published by Practical Action on 2007

This fact sheet describes the various modifications that can be made to bicycles such as panniers and extensions, and the uses they can be put to.

Treadle Pumps

Neil Noble, Published on 2010

A treadle pump is a human-powered low-cost pump designed to lift shallow water sources for irrigation.

Wind Pumping

Neil Noble, Published on 2008

This document examines the principles of wind energy conversion and looks at the types and characteristics of rotors, as well as the importance of matching rotor with pump.

Hydraulic Ram Pumps

Published on 2010

The technical brief contains the detailed information on hydraulic ram pumps that can be used by communities around the world allowing access to water where the source of water is lower than the...

Human & Animal Powered Water-Lifting Devices for Irrigation

Jane Oley, Published on 2008

Recent developments in human and animal-powered lifters have concentrated on increasing the efficiency of water lifting, combining ease of use with higher water delivery.

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