Dear QEG Family, Friends and Supporters,
Well you all know by now we’re a little behind in our calculations for when we thought the device would be ready. The holidays swooped in and dominated our time with waves of relatives coming and going, and festive community activities. As pleasant as this was, we are thrilled to be back to work, and I am happy to provide this update as to where we are in the process.
For all the time we were not able to work in the lab, Jamie had ‘downloads’ of how to combine functions, which actually resulted in time saved! We have also been trying to get some legal advice and determine the best route to take with distribution (notwithstanding the naysayers, we are 100% positive this is going to work). The plans will be open-sourced, but what we can’t really figure out is how to prevent people with a lot of money and power from using it to make a stupid profit (you know – the kind of profit that hurts others). Perhaps an agreement that this is prohibited but how can this be enforced? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Assembly has begun. One problem we had was with the diameter of the shaft – it came in slightly undersized, so it can’t be pressed into the rotor. Jamie thinks he can get around this by using industrial adhesive, which is what he’s looking into now. The worst case scenario is we order another shaft. The stator (generator core), rotor, motor, end plates and other parts are all perfect.
We are in process of mounting the bearings to the end plates (see photo). This needs to be done very precisely because the rotor has to spin freely with a very small gap (.010 inch) between rotor and stator (generator core).
One of our associates is waiting for the drawing for the wooden base which is almost complete. In the meantime, Jamie has begun the wiring process. Then, as soon as the base is completed, he will mount the stator, shaft/rotor assembly, bearings and end plates. Once these components are mounted to the base the next step is to mount the drive motor with speed control, and v-belt/pulleys.
When the generator is assembled to this point, it will be almost complete. The last steps are the assembly and wiring of the operator control panel.