The perfect pre/post PS power generator
- I discovered this a few weeks ago and decided that this was just what
I was looking for.
It begins with a Lister engine or Listeroid which is the clone name.
It's a single cylinder 6 hp diesel engine weighing in at 700 lbs. It
runs at 650 rpm and there are documented cases where they have run
24/7 for 30 to 40 years. Additionally it's very happy to run on
straight vegetable oil as long as it is not too cold. It's quiet and
will drive a 5000 watt generator on something arround 1.5 pints of
fuel per hour. Not that you will get 5000 watts out of this engine but
a 5kw generator will handle large starting loads where it requires
less power to run the device once started. With two huge flywheels one
on each side which are wide and flat for a belt, it will be of further
use after the PS for pumping water, grinding grain, powering a sawmill
or any other uses you can think up. As we are able to grow oil
producing plants such as peanuts or sunflowers an oil press at hand
will provide the fuel for this wonderful engine.
Now, for a gen head, I've selected the ST5. This is a 5000 watt 200 lb
tank! this baby has a massive 38 mm shaft (about 1.5 inches) and huge
bearings on each end. It will generate 60 cycles ac at only 1800 rpm
with its 4 pole heads and a two brush system. It is self starting and
requires no electronic voltage regulation. Like the Lister engine it
is designed to last forever. I'm sure it will be a comforting feeling
to hear this thing go chug, chug, chug, chug, chug and know that it
will go on chugging for as long as the dark days last.
For more info on these engines and gen heads see:
One of the best do-it-yourself sites I've seen on the net.