Electrical Engineering Department
BS in Electrical Engineering
Ali O. Shaban
The purpose of this senior project is to design, build, and be able to present a mechanism that will produce AC power using the mechanical energy produced by a person pedaling a standard bicycle. Also, I would like to be able to show the user and the audience the advantage of using compact fluorescent bulbs, and in doing so, make them more conscience of energy-saving products. To do this, I must present a stand that can support a bicycle with a rider, a way to convert the wheel’s motion to DC power, to convert that DC power to usable AC power, and lastly to be able to show the power usage of incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs. The crucial part of this project is being able to take the variable DC voltage that is produced by the variable pedaling speed and converting it to a stable 12V DC output that can be converted to AC power through an inverter. This report will document the progress that has been made towards completion, and if any actions must be taken to complete this project.