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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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.
Neil Noble, Published by Practical Action on 2007
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.
Jane Oley, 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.
Neil Noble, Published on 2008