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Looking for products to tap into the electrical energy that is around us in nature (here on earth and in the universe), there isn't very many efficient ways to harness it. The practice of constructing of these devices call them as “free energy” devices. The common practice in academia is to call “free energy” as creating energy from nothing, which is no such thing. The only thing about harnessing energy from nature is that we aren't paying some energy utility for the power. There is an energy harvesting semiconductor that will allow us to acquire nature's energy. It is called LTC3108. It is made by Linear Technologies. Linear Technologies has a number of energy harvesting semiconductors. Here is a circuit that will allow one to harvest the power from one common house plant and power a low power device (4 LED's).
This circuit is based off of the datasheet that can be downloaded for the semiconductor. I did a circuit board layout design for this circuit in two circuit boards, that it can be put in a PVC pipe to protect the electronics. The PVC parts don't need to be glued, they can be just dry fitted if you like. That will
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375” in diameter.5” NPT female adapter Assemble the fittings D. The LED Display board is 2. Just print those out on transfer film like. Put the end of BNC cable through fitting F so that you see that end come out of fitting D. 2 Of 7 . F.375” in diameter. The LED Control Board is 1” by 2”. E. This board can be fit on the end of the of the pipe. It can be placed in the pipe and pipe fittings lengthwise. to support the light. and SR504. F = 2” schedule 40 PVC to 0. SR-503. D = 2” schedule 40 PVC coupler E = 2 “ schedule 40 PVC pipe of 6” in length. You would need to make up the length of coax cable from scratch with the strain relief used is the equivalent to Oz-Gedney's SR-502. The LED lighting board is 2. If you don't want to mount it than that is ok. A B C D E F A = Direction of light B = 1 1/2” to 2” schedule 40 PVC Reducing Busing C = LED Control Board soldered to the bottom layer of the LED Display Board. The reason I used 6” in length for the pipe is that this where you can use some sort of conduit hanger like the one from Mineralac Inc. The following is the circuit board layouts. Press-n-Peel Blue PCB Transfer Paper Film Etch Circuit Boards. Connect the length of BNC coax cable greater than 6 inches to the circuit board before put the circuit boards in the coupling. One board is the controller board and the other is the LED lighting board.House Plant Powered LED Flashlight allow for easy repair. The controller board is 1” by 2”. if you want to mount somewhere. that is the diameter of schedule 40 2 inch PVC pipe.
LED Control Board Bottom Layer 3. LED Control Board Top Layer 2. LED Control Board Silkscreen Top Layer 3 Of 7 .House Plant Powered LED Flashlight 1.
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House Plant Powered LED Flashlight This is the entire schematic with the Parts lists: Now connect to your house plant: 1. 4. You may also need a BNC gender changer to connect the BNC cable to the adapter cable. connect the positive (or red lead) to the needle and the negative (or black lead) to the machine screw. Put a small sewing needle into the leaf or the leaf's part that resembles a small stem or even put the needle in the stem that the leaf is connected to. Put a small 2” long machine screw in the potting soil of the plant. 5 Of 7 . 2. The following page shows the adapter cable. 3. Utilizing the BNC to alligator clip adapter cable.
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What do you want to do with this flashlight 1. Do you want an emergency light? 2. What house plants or any plant that can be grown in a greenhouse are more efficient? 7 Of 7 .House Plant Powered LED Flashlight Challenge Questions: 1. Do you want to have night lights? 2. How many of these flashlights does it take to power a solar photo-voltaic panel that can power an inverter (off-grid or grid tie-in)? 3.