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« on: March 18, 2016, 07:05:40 pm »

Steam-Powered Raspberry Pi Zero Doesn’t Get Any More Steampunk


    by:Richard Baguley







Steampunk usually involves sticking a few old valves on your laptop and riding a penny farthing, but [Alexzpro] understands the real thing: he just created a steam powered Raspberry Pi Zero (translated).

His setup is a little lashed together, but works it’s a throwback to electricity generation of old and deserves the steampunk moniker. A steam boiler drives a steam turbine, which turns a motor, generating electrical power. This feeds into a regulator and a bank of capacitors that smooths the voltage out to a nice even 5 Volts, which powers the Pi.

It’s not exactly efficient, but running the steam boiler using two propane blowtorches sure makes us grin. Usually we see people trying to go the opposite direction and power their projects with renewables. We can appreciate this for what it is too, and it’s certainly not the first time we’ve see a Raspberry Pi burning through electricity for little apparent gain.

[Video on hackaday link, though currently has exceeded max views]


Reproduced from Hackaday:

http://hackaday.com/2016/03/17/steam-powered-raspberry-pi-zero-doesnt-get-any-more-steampunk/
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2016, 08:05:10 pm »

Awesome, just like nature intended it.
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2016, 02:05:48 am »

Who cares if it's not efficient!?! Look at it!!!!!!!! Shocked
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2016, 08:05:37 pm »

The pedant in me wants to say, that is not a steam turbine (more like a twin expansion reciprocating engine) and not a motor (more like a dynamo, though I can't recall if you can use an electric motor to generate electricity by turning the armature with no electrical current through the coil- both a motor and a dynamo after all have the same components [namely, an armature turning within a wire coil]). 

Anyway; that bit of having a go at lazy journalism aside; 

That is absolutely splendid and it is making me want to get out that V-twin oscillator sitting idle on one of my shelves, and have a play with it. 
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2016, 09:12:01 pm »

Impressive piece.
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2016, 09:29:42 pm »

Despite efficiency issues, that's a great piece of engineering! Cool
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2016, 05:56:22 am »

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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2016, 08:16:07 am »

That is a nice machine even with the 10% efficiency is is estimated with.
He should glue some gears on it to increase rotations to the dynamo.

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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2016, 07:48:38 pm »

I'd love to get a little Mamod steam engine, run the boiler with waste wood from the garden, and generate electricity from a little dynamo like that.

The problem is that a decent Mamod kit costs an arm and a leg.
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2016, 08:19:58 pm »

I'd love to get a little Mamod steam engine, run the boiler with waste wood from the garden, and generate electricity from a little dynamo like that.

The problem is that a decent Mamod kit costs an arm and a leg.

So whats the problem?
you have two of each!  Tongue Tongue Tongue
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