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HEB Navigation Buoy

The light is powered by two internal flywheel permanent magnet generators.
The HEB’s design helps prevent being it sucked down by current.


HEB Power Buoy

Could incorporate in addition to the two small internal generators, a linear permanent magnet generator driven by the wave rise and fall for power generation variant.

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Bridge Lighting.
Could be used to power lighting on remote bridges.


The Generator.

Early HEB designs are likely to use a belt or chain driven generator mounted to the frame.

In future however a pair of geared permanent magnet generators built into the HEB’s body would be a better solution. This technology is developing fast driven by the market growth in hub motors.

We always keep abreast of technological developments when they relate to power generation. A new Brushless motor has been developed specifically for motorcycles, however we believe it's application to the Hydro Electric Barrel could boost output and lower overall building costs.

The Z-Force® motor was developed from the ground up by Zero Motorcycles to be highly optimized for efficiency, power and size. With nearly the same weight and volume as competitive brushless motors used in similar applications, the revolutionary Z-Force® motor produces up to 130% more power and 150% more torque. Even more impressive, the compact brushless motor requires no liquid or forced-air cooling. By placing the heat-producing elements towards the outside, where the heat radiates away via aluminum cooling fins, the motor is completely sealed and requires no routine maintenance.

Zero Motorcycle Z-Force Motor       Zero Motorcycle Z-Force Motor

When combined with a Z-Force® power pack, the motor delivers incredible horsepower and breathtaking acceleration. Providing a unique ride quality, the motor produces 100% torque from a standstill for instantaneous throttle response and incredible off-the-line performance.

While sophisticated, the Z-Force® motor is designed to make the ownership experience simple and exhilarating. All extra parts, maintenance concerns and weight have been eliminated to help riders focus on the best part of owning a motorcycle – the ride.

  • Available in two configurations: 75-5 and 75-7
  • Capable of as much as 67 hp and 106 ft-lbs of torque
  • Impressive torque and a broad power band
  • Designed from the ground up by Zero Motorcycles to be the best electric motorcycle motor
  • Efficient, powerful, compact, brushless and sealed
  • Requires no routine maintenance
  • Passively air-cooled requiring no complex cooling systems

More information can be found at Zero Motorcycles by clicking here.

This 500 Watt motor is a good example only of the type and size suitable for the small Hydro Electric Barrel model. Very low cogging gives the ability to spin with only a small amount of water power speed while at the same time generating electricity. Pan-cake motors produce power at very low rpm so do not require a lot of gearing.

More information on different sizes Motors, some could be used as a Generator
Link: 12 E-bike KIT power levels, from 360W to 8,000W

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