Bicycle generator to charge mobile phones at Sark Folk Festival

June 28th, 2015 by Richard Lord

The Eleanor Foundation will erect a tent at the Sark Folk Festival where people will be able to charge their mobile phones in return for a voluntary donation towards the charity’s water and solar lamp projects in the Kagera region of Tanzania.

Allister Cary of The Eleanor Foundation charging up mobile phones with his bicycle (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Allister Cary of The Eleanor Foundation charging up mobile phones with his bicycle (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Allister Carey, who founded The Eleanor Foundation in memory of his daughter who was a keen cyclist and a passionate supporter of Water Aid, has bought an Electric Pedals generator, which is powered by the back wheel of a bicycle to provide charging for up to eight mobile phones at a time.

Bicycle-powered electricity generators were instrumental in helping people in New York City charge their mobile phones after hurricane Sandy caused power cuts.

It has long been Allister Carey’s intention to bring bicycle electricity generators to the Bailiwick to power an event such as an outdoor cinema. The Electric Pedals mobile phone charger provides a demonstration of this technology.

The voluntary donations for charging mobile phones at the Sark Folk Festival will help The Eleanor Foundation continue its work.

The back wheel of the bicycle turns the dynamo to generate electricity (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The back wheel friction electricity generator (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The charity has installed 16 wells so far in the Kagera region to provide clean water to villagers, and it has collected and exported over 1000 bicycles from the Channel Islands to Re-Cycle in Colchester, which refurbishes the bikes before shipping them to various countries in Africa where they help transport water, and rural products to market.

The Eleanor Foundation has improved the lives of children, and particularly the lives of young girls that often have to walk many miles to collect water for their family, and miss school as a consequence.  The clean water wells stop water-borne diseases from incapacitating people.

Electric Pedals mobile phone charger (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Electric Pedals mobile phone charger provides eight 3in1 universal charger cables (Apple/Micro USB) (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The Eleanor Foundation’s latest project is to distribute solar lamps from Solar Aid to villagers for a small cost, which will replace the kerosene lamps that the villagers currently use, which are not only expensive to operate but pollute the air and cause long-term health problems.

Allister Carey speaking to the Women's Development Forum recently about the distribution of solar lamps as part of The Eleanor Foundation's work (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Allister Carey speaking to the Women’s Development Forum recently about the distribution of solar lamps as part of The Eleanor Foundation’s work (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

As there is no mains electricity in many villages, and no long summer evenings as Kagera is close to the equator, the solar lamps will help children study in the early evening without damaging their health.

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