Free power- How to convert an old washing machine into a water powered generator



I made a short video about this a couple of years ago and it's turned out to be quite popular so this time I'll go into more detail and cover the entire process including how to rewire the stator and make a custom charge controller there are many ways to power this homemade generator you can mount it on a windmill bicycle biogas motor anything that will spend the shaft fast enough I have a good supply of free water on my property so I'm going to attach a Pelton wheel to the shaft divert some of the water through a pipe and the difference in height between the water intake and the Pilton will will create enough water pressure to spin the shaft generating enough electricity to power my house this is what you're looking for a Fisher and Paykel smart drive it doesn't matter about the size or model number though pretty similar underneath tip it over and have a look underneath you should see something like this as long as the rotor turns freely and there's no side-to-side movement and the bearings that should be okay to use pretty easy to pull apart just a couple of screws hold on the top on take those up flip it back and you'll see a couple of wires there at the back just snip those unhook everything connected to the middle housing and just pull the tab out of there all you really need to keep us the tub the stator the rotor shaft and bearings everything else can go if you're building a windmill or attaching it to a motor you might want to cut bearing assembly out of there but since I'm using it for water I'll leave it as it is the motor will produce electricity with the factory wiring but it is capable of making four hundred volts AC which is dangerous to work with and not very useful for most sit-ups some people do use it like this but I don't recommend them pull the rotor off the back and have a look for any chips or cracks and the magnets if they're starting to break up you might need to look for a new rotor check the state of wiring for any signs of corrosion or broken wires and if you have a multimeter test the windings for continuity these small cracks and the plastic are nothing to worry about most of them have these now you're ready to rewire the stator I made a detailed video showing how to do this have a look on my channel and you'll see it there using an old inner tube cut out a circle around six inches in diameter cut a hole in the center and slip it on the shaft keep it about a centimeter away from the rear of the tub now I'll attach the Pelton wheel to the shaft you can get these on eBay for under $100 this one's been adapted to slide straight on the spline but you can just bolt them on using the thread on the shaft the water jet needs to hit the center of the Pelton cups so using a ruler mark out where the hole for the nozzle will be cut use a hole saw to cut out when you made the mark now cut a hole in the bottom of the tub to let the water out after it's been through the turbine now I'm making the shoot out of an old heavy-duty piece of plastic and some screws this will guide the water back into the stream using some half-inch plywood mark and cut out a cover for the front of the tub this will add strength and stop water splashing out a piece of perspex over the front acts as a service hatch and let you see what's going on inside cut the hole big enough to pull the Pelton wheel out for servicing so we're consuming around the edges keeps it all water tight that Ruben lost hot fit push it in around one inch from the edge and screw it in place cut out a piece of fun for the seal around the service hatch glue it in place with some silicon sealant before the silicon sets I'm going to drill four holes around the edge of the perspex and clamp it down with four stainless steel bolts using wide washers to overlap the edge of the perspex no I'm making a cover to stop rain getting into the electrics the plastic breaks down quickly in sunlight so a quick coat of paint will protect it from the Sun the reward stata rosa and rick the flock can now be bolted in place the rectifier converts the three-phase AC output of the generator into DC current suitable for charging a battery bank follow the link here to see how to make one plug the AC leads of the rectifier and the Spade terminals on the stator and attach the rotor now the holes with a pump used to be need to be filled so I'll just jam a couple of plastic bags in there and it's done already to start making free power this is the generator I'm replacing as you can see it's seen better days I didn't check the bearings for about four months they wore out overheated and the whole hub just melted out I'll reuse the base I made on my last video have a look there to see how it's made it's basically just a cradle to fit the contour of the tub the water pressure is about 45 psi at the moment had smoking about 21 amps at 29 volts which is just over 600 watts if I put a bigger water jet on it it'll make up to 900 watts but I don't really need that much power this time of year the power from the generator runs into a battery bank through a fuse and into an inverter where it is boosted from low voltage DC into standard household voltage the battery bank stores the power so if I need to run an appliance more than the 600 Watts from the generator the battery bank makes up the deficit so I can run kettle toaster microwave and other high load appliances the charge control of senses when the batteries are fully charged and dumps any excess power you can buy these custom-made for off-grid setups but they are expensive and have their limitations I prefer to use a programmable logic controller they are much cheaper and more flexible I use this one to dump the excess power into my hot water cylinder and when that is up to temp that switches relays and the power is dumped into a small heater it also sounds an alarm when the battery voltage is low or high and dumps straight from the battery of the inverter failed I made a short video showing the basics of programming this one so click on the link here to see it you

36 thoughts on “Free power- How to convert an old washing machine into a water powered generator

  1. Brilliant! Love the idea of just getting a Pelton wheel off Ebay and to build a micro hydropower generating unit out of a washing machine. Pure genius.

  2. MINCHIA….FUNZIONA..PLEASE IL tester in posizione ampere ci devi far passare 1 solo cavo nell'anello . poi 0220 e' uguale a zero. cioe' niente . fai 1generatore fatto bene.

  3. All the carful construction and then you stuff some plastic bags to fill a hole ??? Other than that awesome conversion to something useful

  4. technically, this is not free energy, free energy is when an object produces its own power WITHOUT the help of an other object/entity. the generator uses kinetic energy, energy transfer from one object to an other. just because you took a river, put a home made generator in it, and had it produce electricity, does not make it "Free Energy." all that you made is a Watermill. you even contradicted yourself in the title of the video. fist with "free energy" then with "water powered generator"

    all in all, there is no such thing ass free energy, and stop making these click raided "free energy" videos, people like electro boom, whom actually have experience with electricity and can debunk it.

  5. Someone in the US, smarter than me, needs to start a youbube channel that teaches people how to transform discarded appliances and machines into practical, money-saving devices that can be used safely every day, like the old washing machine generator in this video. Americans send far too many appliances and machines to scrap yards when there isn't really anything seriously wrong with them or can be repurposed. I know, I know, Americans throwing away things and then buying new things keeps the economy strong, but I have a feeling that soon it won't be very easy to buy new every time something suffers a breakdown.
    That channel could make and upload a video weekly. The beginning of each show would always start in a junkyard. The host walks around in the junkyard for a few minutes then selects one item that he'll try to repair and or repurpose. It would be far more interesting and informative than the " faux reality" TV shows. The one thing that the show would not do is to have a piece of junk hauled back and turned into a piece of artsy-fartsy useless, BS home decor.

  6. This is so superior to solar, as it's constant, day and night, rain or shine. But like solar, the weak link is the damned batteries. Unbelievably expensive, unbelievably heavy, inefficient, requires a large quantity, takes up lots of space, must be vented, needs constant climate control, demands nearly constant maintenance, and they have a short lifespan. The breakthrough in all forms of off-grid power will be inexpensive, powerful, lightweight, reliable, and the means to easily control output, Super-Capacitors. They've come a long way but the price is still too high and there are still bugs to work out. Once solutions for Super-Cap discharging issues are found and the price drops dramatically, thousands of US homes will go completely off grid the first year. Between years 2 through 5 manufacturers will not be able to meet demand.
    I have thought of trying my luck at bus terminals to maybe pick-up some super-caps that many busses utilize, along with batteries, to start the Diesel Engines when extremely cold.

  7. yeah right . your house runs off 900 watts a load of bullshit . More like his lying click bait pays for his electricity

  8. Respected sir.
    You open school for teaching this technology. Please write the letter to United nations secretary. Give your technology to them. Call people from all countries and teach them.
    Using symphon technology,we can rotate domestic water , wherever water is lacking.
    I appreciate your effort and technology.
    Please don't keep upto your self. You can teach this technology to universities students.
    I will pray for your success .
    Write details book and video of your technology. Only you tube is not enough, you must expand more for sharing this technique .
    Namh shivay.

  9. I was thinking if there was a way to replace the original magnets with neodymium magnets, but that might cause the coils to overheat because of the increased magnetic field inducing more current into the coils. Maybe drill holes on the back at an angle to cause air flow over the coils if the magnets were changed.

  10. Sat here watching in awe, then you pull out a silicone gun and squirt it on too your finger 😂 animal 👏

  11. Watched a video of some american who has an offgrid setup his invertor is like 6kw constant 13or something stupid peak… yours is a great idea

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