HydroBee uses water from rivers or faucets to power phone (w/ Video)

Nov 24, 2013 by Nancy Owano weblog

(Phys.org) —Whether a person is residing off-grid, or on an outdoors adventure off-grid, finding a place to juice the smartphone is not always trivial. A Kickstarter project aims to interest people in a prototype device called the HydroBee, and its creators hope to bring it to production stage once they reach their support goals. HydroBee can power up devices with the use of water, whether drawn from rivers, streams, hoses, or faucets. Burt Hammer, one of the founders and president of Seattle-based HydroBee SPC, whose career has included working as a clean technology consultant in Southeast Asia and South America, refers to the action as charging your phone using "nature's free and renewable energy."

He and cofounder Dane Roth, vice president of product development and design, first worked together at Hydrovolts, a company Hammer founded in 2007 to make hydrokinetic turbines for big systems. Hammer was aware of how some hands-free faucets and toilets use small turbines in water pipes to power remote sensors. He had the idea for tiny turbines for USB power, He rebuilt a small turbine from a water flow-meter and confirmed that it made over 18V from his home water faucet, enough to charge several phones. Together with Roth, they worked out the concept of the HydroBee.

HydroBee is a hydropower system that acts as a renewable USB power source. HydroBee has two parts, which offer two charging scenarios.

The device involves a tiny hydropower turbine in a can with and a USB 2.0 port. Water flowing through or around the turbine charges the batteries, delivering, as the company puts it, a can full of electric juice to go. A household water faucet with standard flow can do the job.

Then, there is the Stream Body part that can be used in streams and rivers. The turbine battery is inserted into the Stream Body. Tied to something secure, the device is lowered into a stream for two to three hours. Charging time would depend on water velocity. "Once the battery has charged, remove the Stream Body from the water, take the battery out, uncover its USB port, and enjoy a full can of nature's "juice"—clean energy for your phones, lights, and other gadgets," according to the company.

The design of the HydroBee was made using Autodesk software. They used 3D printing in a Makerbot Replicator to turn out the model at a Makerhaus workshop in Seattle. At the time of this writing, they had pledges of $9368 out of a $48,000 goal with 16 days to go. This project will only be funded if at least $48,000 is pledged by December 10. Estimated delivery is March 2014.

Also at the time of this writing, there is on offer the HydroBee turbine generator that charges batteries with water from a faucet or hose, which includes sticker and USB flash drive, for $24 or more. This does not include the floating Stream Body. For a pledge of $78 or more one receives a complete HydroBee system: the turbine battery and the floating body, to generate power from streams and rivers or towed behind a boat, and includes a sticker and USB flash drive.

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betterexists
1 / 5 (1) Nov 24, 2013
Who is going to use it first?
3rd world country populations living alongside Streams!

Provide them FREE to the Rich there with an understanding that they would pay back in 3 yrs...They WILL!
IF THEY ARE STILL WORKING after 3 yrs.
WHY? They can Rent it to their poor!
ALL WILL BE HAPPY!
Since those in the thick of it ALREADY lost their moneys over it...3rd Party supporters have to step in & make it a SUCCESS!
WHY? Already the Poorest of the 3rd World are Sporting Cellphones (subsidized by their Govts.) because of the Importance of them in their day to day lives & businesses if any!
betterexists
1 / 5 (1) Nov 24, 2013
And the Middle Class supplying water to their agricultural lands will certainly appreciate it.
They may buy it on installments right away...if there is guarantee of free replacements for the next 10 yrs.
They can use it themselves & run a side business of Cellphone Charging with their Forceful water supplies to their lands.
There are awful lot of those middle class people. Electricity Rates are at a Premium and this side-business involving no investment will provide jobs to millions of them sitting idle and Cellphone Industries that will boom because of it will immensely support the IDEA!
I do not think of much use for the Already Rich Nations!
This seems to be a SUPERB Product for the 3rd World due to the aforementioned REASONS!
Rich Nations thus make Money out of 3rd world Too!
betterexists
1 / 5 (1) Nov 24, 2013
Awful lot of Streams (Great Lengthy Rivers too) & huge water pumping done to trillions of acres of lands by billions of individual agriculturists out there!
Who knows what other product this one will beget if it really becomes successful!
betterexists
1 / 5 (1) Nov 24, 2013
Why NOT rear exhaust pipes of Automobiles?
Eikka
1 / 5 (1) Nov 24, 2013
18V from his home water faucet, enough to charge several phones


Voltage hasn't got anything to it. The faucet turbine can't sustain enough power to charge a phone, so the voltage drops instantly as you connect it to a battery.

It's the same as propping the back wheel of your bike up and pedaling faster and faster until the speedometer reads 80 mph. Try that with the wheel down.
betterexists
1 / 5 (1) Nov 24, 2013
Those that are running errands for the small scale businessmen need cellphones too to keep in immediate touch for exchange of information!
Cellphone Came First.
Honeybee Came Next
What Next?
betterexists
1 / 5 (1) Nov 24, 2013

But they are already exhibiting their product before our eyes.
They are not foolish to spend so much money, energy, effort for it and then fake it to the wide public!
18V from his home water faucet, enough to charge several phones


Voltage hasn't got anything to it. The faucet turbine can't sustain enough power to charge a phone, so the voltage drops instantly as you connect it to a battery.

It's the same as propping the back wheel of your bike up and pedaling faster and faster until the speedometer reads 80 mph. Try that with the wheel down.

betterexists
1 / 5 (1) Nov 24, 2013
I used Hydrobee keyword in google video search.
I saw this : One of $5,15,24,25,49,78,114,690,2000 contributions possible within next 2 weeks with various benefits....can be provided as gifts also. They already got about $10,000 support from about 250 individuals...Their goal seems to be $48,000 within next 2 weeks.
$2000 will get the Very 1st one by March 1, 2014 ...I think.
betterexists
1 / 5 (1) Nov 24, 2013
Tijuana, Mexico is Where the Factory is ??